1930s Silent Film from Camp Hy-Lake


Camp Hy-Lake was a boys camp that operated on Caney Fork Lake near Franklin, Tennessee, from 1931 to some time in the 1980s. This video taken from a silent film of the camp shot some time in ’30s shows the activities at the camp, which included swimming, canoeing, baseball and overnight tent camping.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.


  1. Hy-Lake wasn’t near Franklin, TN (which is south of Nashville). It was on the Cumberland Plateau, between McMinnville and Sparta in a wide spot in the road called Quebec, TN. I spent several summers there both as a camper and a staff member during the 70’s and 80’s.

  2. The girls camp was in Monterey TN just hour away
    FFA had a camp (Camp Clements) just up stream and very short drive from Hy-Lake
    A Boy Scout camp (Camp Boswell) was down stream from Hy-Lake and just less than mile from them the camp (entrance on other side of BROWNIES)
    And a Fishing Camps was next door to Hy-Lake

Leave a Response