In 1948 the WV Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren Church purchased 122 acres of land in Upshur County for the price of $8,500. The land had been in the Dean family since 1828. John Dean, II and his wife Catherine Heavner Dean were the first of the Dean family to live on this tract of land. Goodman Lloyd Dean was the last member of his family to live on the land. The property was a prime spot for the vision of the church camp. Rev. Clarence Edman family moved into the Dean log cabin. They overseen the building and development of the area for 10 yrs. The first camp was held in June 1950 with 162 young people, oh yes, it rained the entire week. This was before any of the buildings were completed. Interesting tibit, is that the farm had an apple orchard and from a bounty of apples the church ladies made 150 gals. of apple sauce and 50 gallons of apple butter, which the campers enjoyed the following year. In 1959 Rev. Edman was replaced by Rev. Harry Stone who served until 1964. The pool was completed in 1963, before this the campers went swimming in the old farm pond. Rev. James Reed took over in 1964. In 1969 the two WV conferences united. Around 1971 the camp became a liability versus the accomdations located in Roane County. The camp was sold in 1982 and today is a golf course.
John Dean II was a soldier of the War of 1812. In 1814 he married Catherine Heavner, daughter of Nicholas Heavner. With the danger of Indian raids in the Buckhannon Valley ending, Nicholas Heavner purchased nearly 400 acres from George Jackson on the Buckhannon river. John and Catherine Dean did not arrive until later in 1818. They raised 15 children in the old log cabin on the property. Supposely that cabin was moved to a Methodist Camp near the Ohio river. The descendants of John and Catherine Dean are numerous in Upshur County. Some wonderful historical stories about the family. This information was taken from The Upshur County Historical Society journal, Spring 2010
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