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"It's a beautiful day at Sequoyah!"
We are closing in on another reunion,
June 27, 2020. We, as former campers and counselors,
have been blessed since 1999 with the opportunity from
time to time to revisit our “mountain home”, to catch up
with one another, to breathe in again the sweet mountain
air, and to walk the old familiar paths. We are
exceptionally thankful that owners Claus Kroeger and his
wife Debbie have not only done a magnificent job
protecting and restoring much of its heritage, but once
again have graciously invited us to return.
Further details will be forthcoming in the next couple of months. Check for updates here, on the Sequoyah Alumni Facebook page or with Mike Miller (jmm8 at comcast dot net).
Also, a reminder, that we’re trying to have any cabin plaques returned to be placed on permanent display in the renovated dining hall (see Mike Miller’s FB post of December 19).
Yours in the Sequoyah Spirit,
David Glasgow (counselor ’61-’65)
E. W. "Doc" Rabon's
Indian Lore at Sequoyah
Seasons of Sixty-Six
From the 2018 Reunion
Guestbook Entry as Campfire Chiller
Our Tsali leader was an ex-military
fellow (Green Beret or Special Forces, I think) named
Gary Swinkey. We liked him. He was competent, patient,
and had a sense of humor. During one of the compass and
map guided bush whacking treks through the rhododendron,
we expected to encounter a state highway. When we got
within auditory range of the highway, we encountered
what looked to be a fresh grave. This site was roughly
rectangular in shape (2-3 ft wide & 5-6 ft long), had
fresh disturbed dirt with boot prints all over, and had
had several large bags of lime poured over them.
Naturally we were puzzled. We reasoned that if someone
was disposing of a dead farm animal, pet, etc. they
wouldn't have likely bothered to walk such a great
distance from the highway (bout a half mile) into the
middle of nowhere in dense underbrush, nor bothered to
lime the site. The area was dense riverside woods with
no regular access (trails, paths, camp spots, etc.).
After much discussion between Gary and the Tsalimen, we
couldn't stand it and began to dig, terrified of what we
were going to uncover. With sticks and our bare hands,
we got down to just about a foot, when someone anxiously
informed Gary that another of the campers was really
sick and having difficulties (the result of some
gastro-intestinal bug he'd been battling for a day or
so). We had to stop digging to tend to our fallen
comrade. He was in fact really sick and in need of
medical attention for dehydration. We were so concerned
for his well being, that the possible homicide site we'd
been investigating took a back seat to summoning help.
The camper (whose name I'm at a loss for) was
transported to the hospital and no further discussion
was had about what we'd encountered. We never found out
what lay beneath the earth at that strange site.
-- Justin Coleman, 1975
An important part of growing up
was awareness of nature's balance.
"A decade ago the tiny island fox was on the
brink of extinction.
Now, thanks to a radical reordering of its California island ecosystem,
the fox is coming off the endangered species list."
Damn, that lake was cold!
I was only 8 and it was my first long
stay away from home, but I had a great time at camp,
with archery, horseback riding and all the rest. But,
damn, that lake was cold! Biggest memory was the
overnight camp near the end of camp. A storm hit and we
had to break camp and head for a log cabin, with
whatever gear we could haul. I lost my pants in the
confusion and the counselors made me wear a sweater
upside down in lieu of pants on the march home. Quite a
-- Lloyd Brown, 1948
2016 saw a
FAMILY REUNION, TOO!
Outside Chief's restored house (from top right,
Katherine Lauder and son Barry Durand
Their ownership and stewardship
the lifeline crucial to its preservation.
John Cooner's Reunion Albums
2016 Reunion Wrap-up
This year's reunion, on Saturday, June
11th, saw a total of 88 attendees, 51 of whom were Old Sequoyans! Great group and as always, a special time
reliving life-shaping moments.
The historic structures were magnificent...the owners have truly preserved these historic structures. Chief's house has been completely renovated and it's beautiful; Naiset Awi is in great shape; the alumni renovated the nature den and rebuilt its porch last year.
The renovated Lodge is amazing, and the Hoffman cabin belongs on a postcard! The Mountaineering Hut (old Counselor's retreat) is in good shape, and we hope to put a new roof on it soon. The alumni also rebuilt Cabin 15 and are ready to start on Cabin 30. All these structure were open to us.
You remember that the alumni sponsored the renovation of the chapel a couple of years ago and rebuilt some pews for purchase. Grover McNair and his team, including Tony Penland, Dave Glasgow, Pete Landry, and many others made that happen thanks to the generous donations of our Old Sequoyan Alumni. There's still more to do.
John Sinex, the owner's nephew, has rebuilt the famous Adirondak near Tsali and there were a few huffing/puffing hikes up there for a view. Dave Glasgow brought T-shirts again.
This year was special in that so many of the Johnson family attended. Karen Conway, Chief's daughter, was there along with her three sons Eustace, Walton, and Judson (and Judson's daughter Cricket). Mike Johnson (Atlanta) and Jeff Johnson (Alaska) was also there, making this sort of a family reunion.
Katherine Lauder and son Barry Durand were also there. Katherine purchased the Camp early on and she and Barry are the ones who initially protected and preserved it...and actually initiated these reunions many years ago. It was great to be able to thank her for her contributions to all of us.
Our heart-felt thanks to Claus and Debbie Kroeger for being such gracious hosts once again and for sharing their home with us for a couple of days. If you've never been to one of our reunions, you should check it out! We only plan for every other year, so it will be a while before we talk about another one. In the meantime, I know that hundreds of photo's were taken by lots of folks, and hopefully they will be shared here and on the Sequoyah website.
For those who did attend, post your thoughts on our alumni page. What's it like to go back now? Who and what do you remember most from your time there? How were you changed by attending as a camper or counselor?
--- Mike Miller
THE FACES OF SEQUOYAH
"It's a beautiful day at Sequoyah!"
Eustace Conway III
1926 - 2015
A new permanent link is atop Sequoyah Central, Jim Bramlett's
Be sure to visit!
. . . was a momentous year.
Sequoyans could witness the titanic spectacle of world
war from a safe remove -- too young to enlist, not too
young to be aware and engaged.
Here are two takes from the era, a memoir by Wilby Colman and a long ballad by Bill McGrew. These are impressions of two bright boys of about the same age, same session, of their Sequoyah experience. Their slight parallax views create a 3-D snapshot of life at Sequoyah. It's an enjoyable reading experience.
Thanks, Sally Rudkin.
Buy a Cabin!
(This was an alumni project successfully concluded. Cabin was sold.)
The owners of Camp are giving the alumni who might be interested a chance to purchase Cabin 8 and to move it to their personal property. This cabin can be yours!
100% of the purchase price will go into the alumni renovation fund to continue our renovation of the historic buildings. Photos are attached so you can see the roof is completely useless but the structure is pretty stable. We can arrange for anyone interested to visit Camp and take a close look at the cabin.
If you purchase the cabin, you would need to arrange to trailer the cabin away or perhaps to disassemble the cabin and haul it away to be rebuilt on your site. Many of you have some special land where this cabin would look great and serve you well. If it is not moved, it likely will soon be destroyed.
A favorite activity at Sequoyah was the Star Watch. After Taps we'd meet above the dining pavilion with our flashlights and Field Guide to the Stars and Planets. Then we'd pick constellations out of the myriad stars splattered across the vast revolving dome above. There, lying on a patch of grass one summer, we could watch in wonder the orbiting Echo 1 satellite cross the sky.
To celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's 25th anniversary, NASA has rendered its iconic "Pillars of Creation" in high resolution and near-infrared. This part of M16, the Eagle Nebula, is 6500 light years from us. The pillars are 2-3 light years tall. (1 light year is about 5.9 trillion miles.)
Click the pillars above to see the full-size image. If you can display photo files on your big screen TV, then download the file (and resize to 1080 px vertical) for a magnificent image.
For the story of Hubble and the Pillars of Creation, go to NASA.
The owners of the Camp property generously invited us to once again meet at their home (Camp Sequoyah) and reminisce about our years at camp and visit old friends. June 21st was, indeed, a perfect day! Memories instantly begin to flood back as soon as you drive into the clearing and see the dining hall, lodge, and Hoffman cabin. Then, stepping out into the clear, clean aroma of the mountains really seals the deal. We’re home!
We had 90 folks (alumni and family) attend the reunion which turned out to be our largest attendance to date. We had alumni from four decades – ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s, and’70s. Once again, the greatest distance traveled was by Mike McGrady from Austria who was bringing his daughter to Camp Ilahee, but Judson Randolph came from Seattle and his brother, Garrett, came from Maine…truly a “sea to shining sea” event.
Three generations of the C. Walton Johnson family were there: Karen Johnson Conway (Chief’s daughter who grew up at camp and also worked there) and her son Walton and his family along with Mike Johnson who also is Chief’s grandson. It is always a treat to listen to Karen as she chats about the history of camp and the origin of the historical buildings that are still beautiful and prominent on the property.
A few curious souls wandered in Friday afternoon and three groups set up their tents on the athletic field for the first of two cool, clear camping nights. Saturday night, there were 2-3 more groups joining them. The main event was Saturday and folks began to emerge from the driveway through the forest about 9am. The newly renovated lodge was the showcase and housed tables full of memorabilia, old camp movies going on in one corner.
The lodge has its own kitchen and a lounging area in front of the original fireplace. The front deck on the lodge also held a table full of old and interesting catalogs, photos, etc. The stunning screened porch, where the former stage was, is open from floor to ceiling on three sides to the view of the bridge and the Iroquois Shower, the new waterfall. The lake is now a cold, clear pond but beautiful trout pace back and forth near the feeding deck waiting for a snack. Lounge chairs at the pond invite visitors to sit and stay awhile.
David Glasgow had generously designed and provided commemorative T-shirts for sale that were the classic Sequoyah gray with the familiar burgundy Camp logo on the back of the shirt and the smaller logo on the front with the 90th reunion designation. These shirts sold for $20 and they are available for all alumni just by notifying David by email with your address and your check. All money goes into the Sequoyah Fund for renovation of historical buildings.
Mike Miller brought more of the 2-disk set of old camp movies and they, too, are available for $15 by emailing Mike.
Again, all money goes into our renovation fund. Grover McNair has masterfully led the construction of commemorative pews or benches (about 6’ long) made from the pews in the Chapel. These pieces are $500.00 each with the money going into the Fund. All are sold out at the moment but Grover is making more. Contact Grover by email to order a pew or bench. You will love them and what a great memento. They come with a very nice plaque attached.
Throughout the day, groups would try to find their old cabins, they would get together and compare notes from long years ago. Some took the hike to Tsali up the poison ivy-filled road, they would explore the chapel, marvel at the stocked pond (a smaller lake), and several just HAD to go under the Iroquois shower one more time…for real. Old friends who were last together at age 10, 12 or 15 were thrilled to greet each other again and there were even a few tears as some tried to express how the Camp experience had changed their life. A few would find a big rock and just chill.
Then the bell would ring! Lunch was a catered BBQ lunch with fresh green salad, potato salad, pulled pork or chicken with a choice of 3 sauces, baked beans, and iced tea. We gathered on the back steps of the dining hall and sang the traditional grace:
Father for this noonday meal, we would speak the Grace we feel . . .
Rather than eat in the dining hall, lunch became a fun picnic on the grounds, in the lodge, on porches, or anywhere else. Many were asking about “rest hour” but we actually passed it up. The bell rings, and we all move to the Chapel for a special program. After some announcements and introductions, we discussed possible future restoration projects that our Fund could support. The oral consensus seemed to be the restoration of 1-2 of the original camper cabins, likely cabin 15 and one other. Replacing the roofs is top priority but we want to completely renovate a cabin so it can be used by alumni…it will be called the Alumni Cabin. We also want to preserve the historical mountaineering cabin which was the original counselors retreat. Complete restoration of a camper cabin could possibly cost up to $8000.00 to fully rebuild the cabin back to its original design.
Reynolds Price’s brother had earlier sent a generous donation to the Sequoyah Fund in Reynolds name. As you know, Reynolds wrote “Tongues of Angels”, based on his Sequoyah experiences. If you would like to contribute to our efforts, make your check to Sequoyah Fund and send it to Grover McNair. Every penny goes to restore a historical component of Camp that will benefit our alumni. It is a nondeductible contribution.
In a gesture typical of their kind spirit, the property owners provided two beautiful pink dogwood trees called Cherokee Chief. It was here at the 90th anniversary of the Camp, the first day of summer, that these trees were dedicated to the memory and life work of Chief and Mrs. Chief and the trees were planted at the front corners of the chapel. The first shovels full of dirt for planting were by the Johnson family, and then each alumnus was able to shovel some dirt to fully participate in this wonderful gesture. Thanks to the owners for the thought and for the trees.
After the trees were planted, Garrett Randolph led the group in singing the Hymn to Sequoyah, and he helped us remember the words to all three verses. Such a moving tribute to conclude this program. As a treat, David Glasgow bought three watermelons that we put in the creek Friday night. By Saturday, they were nice and cold, and fresh watermelon was waiting for us when we returned from the Chapel tree dedication. By 3-4pm, many folks were leaving and the crowd began to thin out.
Sunday morning was very special when David Glasgow led a moving Morning Watch in the Chapel for those still at camp. By Sunday noon, we had all said goodbye until our next reunion in 2016. If you haven’t been to one you gotta come! If you’ve been, we know you want to come back.
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Scroll down to read more about the American Chestnut's blight plight.
Renewal at Sequoyah
Canoe Camp Today
Eagle Scout by 14,
Leads Sequoyans up and herds them back down Mt. Mitchell
At 90, climbs the Pyramid of the Moon.
1915 - 2013
Summer is Here!
Thanks, Gerald Smith
Many Sequoyans are like him, in their own quiet ways . . . .
He received no recognition in his lifetime and sought none.
Chief, with David Glasgow looking on
2012 REUNION WRAP-UP
Although Saturday, June 23rd, was the day for the Camp reunion and picnic, a few anxious alumni dropped by Friday afternoon and some even camped on the athletic field Friday night. To a person, all who drive up the wooded drive, lined with pink and white blooming rhododendron, continue to be awestruck at the scene before them as they emerge into what seems like a fantasy world...so reminiscent of that first glimpse decades ago when we first saw the Camp as campers or staff.
Claus and Debbie Kroeger, the owners of the property, invited us back again this year and were kind and gracious to welcome 71 alumni and 115 total attendees onto their home. If you missed this one, you will certainly want to make the next one. In fact, 2014 will mark the 90th anniversary of the first year of Sequoyah which was 1924. This year, we were fortunate to have attendees from the ‘30’s, ‘40’s, ‘50’s, ‘60’s, and ‘70’s, with a vibrant Pop Hollandsworth anchoring the 1930’s era, along with Karen Conway (chief’s daughter). We thought the longest distance traveled would have been one from Colorado, but we had a Seattle attendee also…only to realize that Mike McGrady was there from Austria.
As in past gatherings, there was no formal agenda except to chill and visit and walk the old trails. Lots of great memorabilia was shared on several tables in the lodge with pictures dating back into the 1920’s when camp first opened. Camp Movies were running most of the day also. Hikes to Tsali were conducted midmorning and mid-afternoon and most who went realized that the hill really did get steeper over the years.
The new dam is spectacular and is newly completed. It is smaller than the original dam but this one is concrete with a stacked stone face which makes it a real showplace. The Lake as we knew it is now a smaller, clear, and picturesque “pond” that will soon be landscaped. Yup…the water is still frigid! You’ve seen photo’s of the dam and of the newly renovated buildings: the Hoffman Cabin, the Office, and the Garage. All have been redone as close to original plans as possible but with more modern building codes accommodated.
Lunch was BBQ pork, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, cornbread, and iced tea. Folks got their lunch and picnicked on the grounds under the shade of the trees around the dining hall. After lunch, we gathered for a short meeting to make some announcement and discuss a few things. One thing we discussed was how the alumni, the Old Sequoyan Club, could participate in preserving some of the important buildings that mean a lot to us. Clearly, buildings will be protected if new roofs are installed and the Chapel is one of the first to see that critical need. We already know how much it would cost to replace the Chapel roof, to haul away old fallen cabins so the hillside can be cleaned up and made safer, to actually rebuild a couple of cabins, etc. In that regard, we will open an account to accommodate any future funds that we agree upon that would help on a project-by-project basis. We already know that dozens of alumni would be willing to contribute to restoring and preserving some alumni-associated buildings. There will be more to come on the project proposals.
Dave Glasgow held a Sunday Morning Watch at the Chapel to end the weekend and by noon, everyone was on their way. If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com. If you have photo’s you’d like to see posted here on the Website, please send them to Jack Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember also, we have a Facebook page for Camp Sequoyah Alumni. Please join us. Put your thoughts about the reunion and the renewing of old memories on Facebook to share with everyone or maybe Jack could add them to the website. There is already a spot for the 2012 reunion on the website so check it out. A list of attendees will be available from Mike on request.
Chief’s legacy remains strong through 9 decades of men. We were blessed to be a part of it.
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1 July 1966
Preview of the George McLemore archive
A Sequoyah brochure is a snapshot not only of Sequoyah but its era. Nevertheless, in a decade of upheaval, Sequoyah remained faithful to its purpose. 1966 was Chief's last season.
Click below to enter.
Just in time for the holidays, the delicious, the dangerous . . .
A window into different times
Thanks to Gerald Porter
1933 - 2011
Author, Teacher, Sequoyan
Mike's 2010 Reunion Wrap-up
The longest trip to camp this time was Sean Green from Hawaii, followed by John Andrews from Arizona. Lots of great old photo's and stories and mostly just walking around and reconnecting.
Thanks to Dave Glasgow for helping to make this work. Also, it was Dave and Steve Sparkman who worked to reopen the council ring that was overgrown. Claus Kroeger, Rick Harned, and others (I forget) worked to install some very nice iron fencing and plants around Chief and Mrs. Chief's gravesteads. Claus had found some very nice antique iron and provided the fencing and the plants.
A reminder to those who took photo's, please send your photo's to Jack Rice who manages the Sequoyah website. He has a place already saved for the 2010 reunion and you can see some photos already at the site. Many more will be added. We've already seen some really great photo's from Tom Thomson and David Nichols and others. Mark Sluder (Charlotte, NC) who is a professional photo journalist was there with his camera, so I know he will have a ton of great shots.
It was very special to have Karen Conway (Chief's daughter) there. She was literally an exciting treasure of history and had some great stories to tell about how things occurred. She grew up at Sequoyah, beginning in the '30s. Walton conway, Karen's son, attended as did Bill Johnson's son Mike. So we really had quite a family legacy as part of the weekend, with the daughter and two grandsons adding to the group.
Sadly, we heard the devasting news from Bill Embler that Pop Hollandsworth's son, Jim, had suddenly and unexpectedly died just days before the reunion. Both had planned on attending. Our sincere condolences go to Pop at this time.
Finally, for those who attended and who belong to this Sequoyah group, please jot down a few thoughts and memories of the weekend (or any other memories) and share with the group. Encourage other alumni to join either this Yahoo site or the Facebook Sequoyah group so we can keep in touch.
Fall 2010 Reunion!
Thanks to all for making the Reunion a great success.
Also, check out these Reunion pics, from . . .
A very good year
NEW AND IMPROVED!
Mike Miller's collection of photos from the late 60s and early 70s
Captions will be added soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the evocative images by themselves.
Go to Mike's Page and click the links.
years ago I was on the Appalachian Trail, and a girl was
making breakfast. She made biscuits and called them
"Longnecker's [sic] Lumps". I asked her where she got the
recipe and why they were called that. She got it
from a friend and said they were made by a guy named
Steve Longnecker, but that it probably wasn't his real
Sequoyans of a certain age were privileged to attend camp at the dawn of the space age. A group of Nature Lore campers met Michael "Uncle Mike" Hoffman after taps, when the moon was low and the stars stood out. We had our flashlights and Field Guides, but tonight we needed no guide, just good eyesight, for Echo, a 100 foot silver balloon satellite sent into low earth orbit, was due to pass overhead. And then it appeared, a star among the stars, moving silently across the sky, the first man-made object in space we had ever seen.
Today, Echo has been replaced in orbit by the Hubble Space Telescope, a platform for viewing the farthest reaches of space and the earliest reaches of time itself. In a deep field of myriad Milky Ways, Hubble recently detected the earliest and most distant galaxies.
Canoe Camp Saved!
On the heels of the good news about the sale of the Main Camp property to dedicated preservationists, comes more good news. Emory Crawford, owner of Sequoyah's Canoe Camp site on Lake Aquone, aka Nantahala Lake, has obtained a conservation easement, with The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee.
Sequoyah property sold
As you may have heard, the Sequoyah property has been sold. Unfortunately, the plan of the previous owners, to build a new camp, was unrealized. The good news is that the new owners are a private party and dedicated preservationists. They have also expressed kind feelings towards Sequoyans and will work with us in their preservation efforts.
Wilby Coleman has contributed a wonderful memoir of his time at Sequoyah, 1943-1945.
New, from the
Stouthearted Men is a venerable Sequoyah anthem. For the stouthearted man, "there's nothing in the world can halt or mar a plan." This precept is put to the ultimate test, in David Grann's true tale of the search for
Instant classic . . .
They're promoting the book for summer camps,
as well as back yards . . .
Update from Pop!
There have been a number of enquiries about how Sequoyah's living legend James "Pop" Hollandsworth has been faring. Here's an update:
Pop spent his 93rd birthday in Quebec City, Canada, at the 2008 congress of the International Camping Fellowship, where he received an award, stating: "Your contributions have enriched the International Camping Fellowship and advanced the cause of camping across the world".
Pop said, "I guess that suggests that I'm still active and involved...with some mobility help on a 'flame red' four-wheel walker."
As of November 19, Pop and his wife Marjie had just returned from a two-week stay in their mountain home near Black Mountain, "about 15 mile due south across the Craggy Range from Sequoyah."
New, from the
Now that we've had a chance to digest Thanksgiving and the aftermath, here's Sarah Vowell, the delightful raconteur who brought us her account of her travels along the Trail of Tears, talking about her book, Wordy Shipmates, about the Pilgrim Fathers.
"Membership has its rewards."
Every kid's big brother, he saw camping as part of the solution.
1925 - 2008
The Era of the Hero
A Death in the Forest?
Sequoyah in the 1970s
Walt Kuentzel has updated his
with hundreds of new photos and a cool new look.
Miller gives us a look
inside the workings of a summer camp.
by Jon Cooner
with rare shots of Junior Camp
by Jim Bonds
Lest there be any doubt about the continuing
relevance of the
"The Coming American"
From a recent message from an old Sequoyan . . .
I was so pleased and pleasantly surprised to find the Sequoyah web site today. Sequoyah was such a unique and special place, the most fantastic setting, and the finest staff and campers there could have been. Thank you so much for your efforts on behalf of all of us who were touched by this special place. I remember the camp nurse saying to me that "Our trails will cross again", and with this web site, that has come true.
Revere "Brud" Harbourt, 65, 67
|One circumstance that helped our
character development: we were needed. I often think today
of what an impact could be made if children believed they
were contributing to a family's essential survival
and happiness. In the transformation from a rural to an
urban society, children are—though they might not
agree—robbed of the opportunity to do genuinely responsible
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Add a photo to your guestbook entry!
sign the guestbook, send
a tribal or cabin photo, or just you at Sequoyah,
along with your info, and we'll make it a part of your entry.
If you've slready signed the guestbook, send a favorite photo, and we'll add it to your entry.
Don't worry about the condition. We'll fix it.
In the Council Ring
It's about service
A moving Guestbook comment
Hello Sequoyans! I found the site a while back when I met David Brown on one of the tours I operate.
Since Sequoyah, I have not stopped paddling. I have made my living and supported my family doing what I love, and I owe that to Sequoyah. If it were still open, I have no doubt that I would still be there and in many ways I still am. Seqouyah's influence has been very meaningful to me. My kids are eager to hear stories as we look at this website together. I have had the good fortune to run into old Sequoyans. Their memories are usually as fond as mine. I have dreamed of creating a Seqouyah-type experience here in Costa Rica where I live.
On numerous occasions as I paddled Smokey Mountain streams I made the opportunity to walk through camp. To see my name still on the cabin plaques—to remember mud soccer, tying the bowline under the waterfall, Randolfs Route, and the people who influenced me—was a great thrill.
I owe my first paid paddling job to being on a list of honor campers from Sequoyah that was picked up after the closing. I only hope I can create the experience I had at Sequoyah for my kids. Thanks for the site, a real treasure.
Neil Kahn, '74-76
Sequoyah campers, singing Sequoyah favorites,
From the original vinyl LPs recorded in 1961
Remember the Star Watch?
Pop's Council Ring Photos
Rare photos from the 40s!
George Harrell, III, Sequoyah camper, Tsali boy, Pirate, Counselor, has a splendid collection of photos and memorabilia, which he is sharing with us.
In and Around Sequoyah
Mementos from David Glasgow
Letter from an Old Sequoyan
Walton Conway's Tribute to Sequoyah
The Watershed Saga
A Summer Afternoon
Beneath the Spreading Oak
Why aren't you there?
No, you're not too busy!
short walk around Sequoyah Main Camp, as it was during its active years
and as it is today.
The light ahead takes you to Sequoyah
(Find the link!)
. . . then, browse the picture archives.
Thanks to Walt Kuentzel's Website we have an extensive archive from the Capps years, 1971-1978, as well as a splendid collection of Sequoyah brochures and pamphlets.
We should like to build a comprehensive album of photos and printed matter, going all the way back to the beginning. Do you have any of your camp pix? Please contact Jack Rice.
More archives below.
Sequoyah property is now in good hands.
The new owners are dedicated preservationists.
Please bear in mind that although the owners
are cordial and aware of our connection to Sequoyah,
the property is strictly private, and access is by permission only.
The Great Ones
(Photo courtesy Junior Taylor)
An Archive of Sequoyah Philosophy
The Fourth Dimension in Camping
The Art of Living Forever
26 January 2006
From his tiny hut beside the Nature Cabin, Michael "Uncle Mike" Hoffman, with his white mane and weathered countenance, presided. Uncle Mike had his own flagpole, flying the colors of the United Nations, which we still revered in those days, to remind us that we are stewards not only of our little corner of paradise but of the whole world. In matters celestial and terrestrial, Uncle Mike was Sequoyah's go-to guy.
Each of those who knew him has his own fond memory of Uncle Mike. For those who came after, perhaps the best way of making the acquaintance of a Sequoyah legend and his love of nature is through these news items, a tribute we hope Uncle Mike would find fitting.
James G. "Pop" Hollandsworth
Mike's Photo Archives
Sequoyah, late 60s - early 70s
Late 60s - early 70s, continued
Counselor, Scout Leader,
The Capps Years
Sequoyah in the 70s
Seasons of Sixty-Six
John Cooner's Reunion Albums
2012 REUNION PHOTOS
Walk Through Sequoyah
Sequoyah - 1967
A very good year
with rare shots of Junior Camp
2007 Spring Reunion
2004 Summer Reunion
Photo Survey of Main Camp 2002
The George Harrell Collection
Winter at Sequoyah
The Mike Miller
Tsali, the Beginnings
Tsali at Canoe Camp
Around Sequoyah, Summer 2002
Plus, more of David's photos at Snapfish.com (registration required)
April 2002 photo survey
Photos from the Summer 2002 get-together
"I am a Spirit"
Sign the Guest Book
Read the Guest Book Entries
Visit Eustace Conway's Turtle Island Preserve
Letter from Eustace