Camp Fairlee Manor offers an impressive aquatics program. Source: Easterseals of Delaware & Maryland.

This Week’s Kent County History Quiz Question: This summer camp was once the home of Louisa D’Andelot Carpenter’s thoroughbred breeding and training stables.

A. Camp Fairlee Manor
B. Camp Tockwogh
C. Echo Hill
D. None of the Above

Answer: A. Camp Fairlee Manor

Louisa D’Andelot Carpenter (1907-1976) lived her life to the fullest. She was well-known in Kent County for her involvement in and generosity to her community. A prominent horsewoman, she purchased Fairlee Manor (c. 1825) in 1946 to accommodate her horses. In 1953, she felt she needed more stable space, and, following her philanthropic nature, deeded Fairlee Manor and 240 acres to the Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children & Adults of Delaware, Inc. for the establishment of a therapeutic camp for challenged children and adults.

Over the 68 years of the camp’s establishment, thousands of “happy campers” have stretched their wings and have found pleasurable hours in enjoying the outdoors, making new friends and reuniting with old, while gaining confidence from trying the wide variety of activities previously believed impossible.

Fairlee Manor Farm House. Source: Maryland Historic Trust.

Now called Easterseals Camp Fairlee, the beautiful haven has, since the very beginning, proudly accepted campers from all walks of life. An interesting story came to light from the Archives of My Eastern Shore Maryland in a 2009 article by Peter Heck. Sandy Tuttle, a former camper and a now-retired long-term President and CEO of Easterseals, was reminiscing about attending a meeting in the 1950s at the camp. “She told of taking mixed-race groups of campers to the movies in Chestertown … The theater manager had given free admission to the shows, but in that era, the movie theater was still segregated, with blacks sitting in the balcony. The counselors had to help carry campers to the balcony, where they all sat together. At last, the manager told them to just ‘all sit together downstairs,’ Tuttle recalled. ‘In effect, we integrated that theater.'”

Over the years, the number of campers has increased substantially. So have technical accessibility knowledge and the need for that kind of barrier-free environment, which necessitated a recent investment of over $6.5 million to totally rebuild. With this updating, the camp can accommodate additional campers year-round.

This summer, Camp Fairlee is offering the full program, but with ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. It will be available to only 50% of the usual number of campers. Those who will attend must be physically able to mask-up and also be able to understand and comply with social distancing. After a year with no camp at all — it is a positive start.

Easterseals takes a special interest in serving military familes. Source: Easterseals of Delaware & Maryland.

The full program is extensive. Residential summer camp is offered June through August. Activities are tailored to the age and interests of each individual camper. Beyond the summer camp, using these amazing facilities, a well-trained, caring staff fills the weekends and remaining months with additional enticing programs such as: “Daily Adventure,” “Respite Weekends,” and “Fairlee Vacations.”

How lucky we are to have such a safe, inspiring and enjoyable retreat in Kent County. To echo an Easterseals’ mantra: “All Abilities. Limitless Possibilities.”

For further information about Camp Fairlee Manor, call 410-778-0566, or go online at campfairlee.com. They also offer informative blogs and a newsletter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History Quiz for Week of June 14, 2021
Home to Thoroughbreds
This summer camp was once the home of Louisa D’Andelot Carpenter’s thoroughbred breeding and training stables.
Camp Fairlee Manor
Camp Tockwogh
Echo Hill
None of the Above
Answer: A. Camp Fairlee Manor

Louisa D’Andelot Carpenter (1907-1976) lived her life to the fullest. She was well-known in Kent County for her involvement in and generosity to her community. A prominent horsewoman, she purchased Fairlee Manor (c1825) in 1946 to accommodate her horses. In 1953, she felt she needed more stable space, and, following her philanthropic nature, deeded Fairlee Manor and 240 acres to the Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children & Adults of Delaware, Inc. for the establishment of a therapeutic camp for challenged children and adults.

Over the 68 years of the camp’s establishment, thousands of “happy campers” have stretched their wings and have found pleasurable hours in enjoying the outdoors, making new friends and reuniting with old, while gaining confidence from trying the wide variety of activities previously believed impossible.

Now called Easterseals Camp Fairlee, the beautiful haven has, since the very beginning, proudly accepted campers from all walks of life. An interesting story came to light from the Archives of My Eastern Shore Maryland in a 2009 article by Peter Heck. Sandy Tuttle, a former camper and a now-retired long-term President and CEO of Easter Seals, was remaniscing about attending a meeting in the 1950s at the camp. “She told of taking mixed-race groups of campers to the movies in Chestertown*..The theater manager had given free admission to the shows, but in that era, the movie theater was still segregated, with blacks sitting in the balcony. The counselors had to help carry campers to the balcony, where they all sat together. At last, the manager told them to just ‘all sit together downstairs,’ Tuttle recalled. ‘In effect, we integrated that theater.'”

Over the years, the number of campers has increased substantially. So have technical accessibility knowledge and the need for that kind of barrier-free environment, which necessitated a recent investment of over $6.5 million to totally rebuild. With this updating, the camp can accommodate additional campers year-round.

This summer, Camp Fairlee is offering the full program, but with on-going COVID-19 restrictions. It will be available to only 50% of the usual number of campers. Those that will attend must be physically able to mask-up and also to understand and comply with social-distancing. After a year with no camp at all–it is a positive start.

The full program is extensive. Residential Summer Camp is offered June through August. Activities are tailored to the age and interests of each individual camper. Beyond the Summer Camp, using these amazing facilities, a well-trained caring staff fills the weekends and remaining months with additional enticing programs; such as, “Daily Adventure,” “Respite Weekends,” and “Fairlee Vacations.”

How lucky we are to have such a safe, inspiring and enjoyable retreat in Kent County to refresh our special children and adults. To echo an Easter Seals’ mantra: “All Abilities. Limitless Possibilities.”

For further information, call 410-778-0566, the Website is campfairlee.com. They also offer informative blogs and a newsletter.