Maytag at Broadview Farm Summer Camp Ad

Circa 1963.

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.

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  1. This is amazing. I was doing some mindless work, half daydreaming and thought about Broadview Farm Camp, googled, and found this site. I am in that picture, over on the right, toward the back. It is definitely 1963. I was 10 years old. Broadview Farm Camp was a “nature” camp. Was located in Barnstead, NH. Had maybe 60 kids per summer, if that. Most of the children came from NYC or environs. Lots of nontraditional activities– very few ball games, etc. Had a nature house, swimming, canoeing, crafts. I went there three summers– 63, 64, 65. They had lots of trouble between the owner and various directors. I stopped going when the fights over direction of the camp got out of hand.

    As to the ad, they had this one 1940’s maytag, just one, for ALL of the laundry for the camp. It really did last forever. We didn’t have a drier; used a wringer and then hung the clothes to dry. When it finally broke down, it was replaced and this ad was shot.

  2. The summer camp was founded by a refugee European psychologist, Dr. Harms, and his eventual wife, Scotty, whose family owned much land in the area. I attended it for four summers, 1947-50. The 1960s description above does not much match my memories. We did have a nature counsellor, Charlie Drayton, a school science teacher the rest of the year, but we had lots of regular stuff. The lake had leeches, and I set up a place where we must have killed hundreds. There was an old maple syrup stand in the woods beyond a wheat field, a curvy river with an active and in use beaver dam.

    The place was sold around 1975 to a couple who had graduated from Wagner College, and advertised on campus offering summer jobs.

    There was a double “chicken house” style pair of buildings for kids under 11 (my first year just one building). Off in the woods was a “log cabin” for the older boys. The older girls I believe were in the main building, a former farm house. There was a small artificial duck pond, peach and apple trees, a barn used for repairs with a pump and a cement thing for holding water. One summer I filled it and loaaded it with frogs and a few salamanders.

    The lake had a twenty foot high saw dust pile, a remnant of a 1920s (?) saw mill. We played on it, although there were reports it caused pollution in our lake, and I heard it was removed years later.

    The science councellor lived in a remote new building that had various science related stuff. One night we were awakened to watch an amazing display of an aurora.

    I take it that the camp no longer exists. I wonder what has been done with the property.

  3. I just remembered we had a song:

    Peanut butter, Peanut butter, up at Broadview is divine
    Breakfast, lunch and supper, here we eat it all the time
    and please remember now, don’t forget
    that it’s always caffeine free

    there was a lot more, but that is all I remember

  4. WOW I can’t believe the power of the internet. I went to Broadview with my brothers in the early 60s!I remember the ad and there must have been more than 1 pic because we were in 1 picture but I don’t see us here. I only remember there were 30 or so kids back then. GREAT FOOD! Two black ladies did all the cooking and I remember pancakes, blueberry pancakes and fried chicken and biscuits. One year I had a counselor who made us ask for our food in German, Jim, big guy, was the nature counselor, Paul was a counselor- he was missing some of his finger joints and could pinch you if he wanted to! We stayed all summer from after July 4th till Labor Day. I was always scared of the ground wasps in front of the old library which is not far from the campfire. The big red barn was always fun. It was a farm camp back then and we all had some morning chore. One year I got to feed a bull calf or the chickens. I remember campers Billy Yarrow, a boy named Benjamin and his sister was Suzanne. There were turtles nesting on the beach and one year they created a safety zone for them. If you were old enough and passed a swim test, you could swim out to the black donut in the lake.We used to all pile in a big truck and got to go for ice cream every once in awhile. I was a counselor there when I was 17, would have been 1974. I went back about 10 years ago and a hunting group had bought the place for taxes.

    1. We used to get a lot of fun out of going over to a neighboring hill and rolling down the hill over and over. We built a bonfire at the end of the season. After 3 years in a row, mom couldn’t afford to send us to camp anymore and I was heartbroken.

      Also remember Mike and Saundra were running the camp in 74 Scotty was still around. I visited her gravesite years later. I have pictures of what was left of the farm and will dig them up next week if anyone is interested. That camp taught me to love nature and I always wanted a farm. When I retired, I bought one in South Carolina.

          1. No don’t know about her sister. Looking for the photos. Think we went in the 1962-66 range. I do remember Neill was one of the counselors. One year there was a French couple running the camp. And back then, we ate our meals in the screened in porch at the main house.There were only 6-8 tables in there with long benches.

            In the 70s there was a big kitchen and dining room built.

          2. Sent pics into the site moderator. Had a pic of Scottys grave marker. Born June 27, 1897 Died April 21, 1976. Found pics of the main house, chicken coops, library, fire pit, lake, barn taken when I visited in the 90s. House and chicken coops not faring well but still standing.

      1. We also ate in the closed in porch when I was there, 1947-50. Would Scotty’s grave by any chance have been next to that of her husband, Dr. Harms. Scotty’s family was old New Hampshire, going back to colonial times, while Dr. Harms came to the USA to escape Hitler. They had a pet red squirrel

    2. I am her brother and ditto on all of the above. I do remember my brother being around 5 (youngest in the camp at the time) and the train ride we took to get there. I was also in one of the camp brochures. Blonde kid with black shoes coming down a the haystack we jumped in to from the barn. Life was good then. It still is but it is not as simple.

    1. Those swings were there when I was at Broadview. One summer we had a competition on how far we could fly off the swings at their maximum swinging. Did not recognize the third photo. Did anyone ever make a photo of the maple syrup stand before it collpsed?

      1. The third photo is the library that was located across the road from the main house in the back of the open field, past the campfire. Hit MORE under that pic and the red barn and workshop of the barn and the lake are there.

        1. The library did not exist when I was there, and the waterfront seems a lot fancier than what I knew. Trees are a lot bigger, I don’t even remember one next to the barn. The barn looks a bit more decrepit.

  5. For those that are interested there is a thriving Broadview Farm Camp Facebook page started by Laura Kockevar (Kirshbaum).
    There are over 400 photos from the camp on the page, however you have to sign in with Laura.

    1. Neil, were you the Neil camp counselor in the 60s? I spoke to you in the 80s? Big Jim was the science counselor. See my comments regarding memories! I realize there are many Neils but that camp was soooo small. Just 30 of us or so back then.

  6. Greetings. I sort of “turned out the lights” at Broadview. Scotty died in 1976. She had left the camp to the National Wildlife Federation, but they didn’t want it. Her brother, Robert, who lived on the adjacent Providence Farm, transferred the camp to the Cambridge council of the Boy Scouts, USA. My parents were friendly with Robert, and we stayed on until the Boy Scouts took over. My parents actual bought a small piece of Providence Farm from Robert, but sold it to buy a home in Concord. The Boy Scouts renamed the camp “The Elizabeth McKay Scott Harms Opportunity Farm for Children” and began making many “improvements”, actually accessibility and saftey changes. Sigh. Broadview was really a “running with scissors” kind of place. I call it “Camp RunAmok” when talking about those days with non-broadviewers.

    I left for graduate school in 1980 with the Boy Scouts in charge. I don’t know what happened after that. I believe that was the year Robert died. I don’t know of a sister, there was another brother, Joseph, who died in the flu pandemic in 1918. Perhaps you’re thinking of Robert’s wife?

    Words cannot express what I feel for that place. Words cannot capture all it did for me. I would certainly not be who I am or where I am had it not been for that place, those times, and especially those special people.

    PS, when I left, the 1963 Maytag washer was still going strong.

  7. I remember an adjoining farm as belonging to Scotty’s sister, but it is at least 65 years ago, and I could be confused, and it was a sister-in-law. My main memory of the adjoining farm owned by Scotty’s whatever is that they once had me pluck a goose in their barn.
    Do you know when Dr. Harms died? He seemed much older than Scotty, but I was at an age when she seemed pretty ancient also!
    And does anyone know anything about Charlie Drayton, who was, I believe, the first science councellor. I remember he woke me one night to watch an aurora. The other kids in my cabin pretty much stayed asleep but I was up for hours.

    1. Scotty’s brother owned the property on the Pittsfield side of the camp..the original camp was down there and moved up to the location we all remember in the 50s. The Osborns, Lynn and the Maxfields were the neighbors on the Barnstead side.

      In the above pix I am the big guy in the white shirt on the left, marshmallow in hand (or on stick)

      Yes this was 1963, as the Johnson kids are there..Their father was director that year and decided we all should get religion. So he held “ecumenical” services on Sunday..as a Jewish kid, I took exception to that, and as a camper with six years of exploring the land..they stood no chance of finding me Sunday mornings. It was also the last year I was there until 1973.. when I volunteered to take campers on trips.

      1. yeah. I was not fond of the Johnsons’ forced church in the woods on Sunday. I was not fond of enforced activities. I left early my last year cause I felt very uncomfortable and unhappy about them

  8. I’ve never used a Blog before so this might be a duplicate since I previously wrote that I attended Broadview Farm in 1944 & 1945!
    I’m probably the oldest “alumnus” as I’ll be 77 tomorrow.

    When I attended we took a train with Dr. Harms from NY Central to Barnstead(sp?) where we occasionally went to town and saw a movie.

    The first summer the boys slept in the barn. We had a motto: “One mosquito is worth 10 flies!” There were lots of salamanders, turtles, perch and leaches in Lily Pond.

    I’d love to see some photos if anyone can direct me to them. I went back to the site in 1975 when it was still a camp but I believe it was for disadvantaged kids.

    Later I found out that the property had been sold and the new owners lived in the old house where the boys had slept in the attic.

    Incredible impact that has lasted my whole life. I found the grave sites (or at least a memorial to Dr. Harms) from Scotty for Dr. Harms on the site, in 1975

    1. Marcel, you beat me by a bit. I’ll be 74 in January, and I was at Broadview 1947-50. I remember the train as being from NYC to Boston, where we switched to something worthy of the Toonerville Trolley (I guess you have to be our age to know what that was) into Pittsfield, and car or truck from there to the camp. The camp was about equidistant to Pittsfield and Barnstead, but I remember Barnstead as really tiny, with just one general store/post office.
      The pond had loads of leaches, and I organized a leach killing project where we crushed them on rocks. Frogs, turtles, and the summer of 1947 we had loads of toads. Several diffferent kinds of frogs, even two different species of bullfrogs.
      The log cabin was built around 1947 or 48. The older girls slept in the attic my years there. We had the long barracks type building for the younger kids, and Dr. Harms had a workshop in the part of the barn that had housed cattle. I used to swipe tools and put them in our hidden club house.

      1. (M) Here’s yours, Thomas:

        Marcel, you beat me by a bit. I’ll be 74 in January, and I was at Broadview 1947-50. I remember the train as being from NYC to Boston, where we switched to something worthy of the Toonerville Trolley (I guess you have to be our age to know what that was) into Pittsfield, and car or truck from there to the camp. The camp was about equidistant to Pittsfield and Barnstead, but I remember Barnstead as really tiny, with just one general store/post office.

        (M) I’ll try to find, and post, a picture of the old store front movie house in Barnstead which I believe is historically protected.

        The pond had loads of leaches, and I organized a leach killing project where we crushed them on rocks.

        (M) Had you been there 2 or 3 years earlier I would have enlisted your support for the battle against mosquitoes. We used to bait our hooks with worms that were virtually turned inside out on our hooks.

        Frogs, turtles, and the summer of 1947 we had loads of toads. Several diffferent kinds of frogs, even two different species of bullfrogs.

        (M) I don’t remember toads, but frogs for sure! Lots of yellow-orange salamanders and chipmonks. There was also a cow and a long anecdote about it that I’ll save for another day.

        The log cabin was built around 1947 or 48.

        (M) Evidently Scotty and Dr. Harms made some major lodging changes from 1945 > 1947. I am inferring that the buildings I visited in 1975, with the exception of the 2 story? house, were newly constructed. When I left the 2nd summer, Scotty gave me 2 dozen fresh eggs.

        The older girls slept in the attic my years there.

        (M) That’s where we boys stayed (in the old house) when I was there. There could have been no more than 8 of us the first summer.

        We had the long barracks type building for the younger kids, and Dr. Harms had a workshop in the part of the barn that had housed cattle.

        (M) Hey! You’re speaking of my bedroom, my first year there!

        I used to swipe tools and put them in our hidden club house.

        (M) Check out the following map for Lily Pond:

        https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=214355622003048025166.0004a27ed790bfc3c6e45&ll=43.33512,-71.32318&spn=0.003894,0.008175&t=h&z=17

        (M) And thanks for the update,

        Marcel

      2. Just yesterday I googled Broadview Farm and was thrilled to get all this information! My kid brother attended during the years you did — and I’m wondering if you knew him — Donald Olsen. I’d heard about the camp while listening to WQXR on the radio — advertised as a camp for “nervous children.” My brother had a bit of a tick and so I brought him for an interview at Dr. Harms’ apartment on West 57th Street. In no time my brother began his first of many summers there, eventually becoming a councellor. Some years later he visited Harms and Scottie at the Farm, bring his wife and 3 young daughters! My brother died a couple of years ago — I must ask his widow if she has the little album with the photos I printed of the slides he’d taken at the camp. I’d love to hear back from you. Annamay Olsen

        1. I do vaguely remember a Donald Olsen. Sorry he is no longer around to help refresh my memory. I do remember he was one of the kids who competed in our contest to see who could use the swings to fly the furthest from them. I don’t remember who won, not me!

          1. Hello! Thank you for your reply — I’m amazed that so many from the camp have stayed in touch via this site! I love that you have a recollection of my brother. I will share this with his family. I was with them this past Fourth of July. He’d been married twice and had three children with each. And the oldest of course have among them, eight altogether. They are all good people. He had one great granddaughter. He worked for Western Union in Manhattan and also had a great interest in antiques, would flea market as a hobby. After he became a councellor at the camp, he’d been guiding the boys on a hike and ran into a sudden storm and was proud that he got everyone down safely. Thanks again for sharing with me.

      3. This site is not working all that well — just want Hamilton to know my July 1st response was to him — but Marcel — I see the dates can apply to you as well — 45-50 as those I believe my brother attended.
        Annamay Olsen

          1. I apologize, no problem with the site — I just thought that my response was not in the proper “reply” slot. All’s fine, I’ve gotten a response from “tham153” which delights me. I’m so impressed that this site is kept up though the camp is so long gone — thank you so much,

  9. Yes, Iremember the day this picture was taken as well. It was the summer of ’63 and I’m in the back wearing a cowboy hat, and talking to the person on my left who, if I remember correctly, was Julian Eule. I spent some great summers up there. Great memories.

    1. Billy
      there is a vibrant Broadview Farm Camp Facebook page… Laura Kochevar is the page administrator… just tell her you were a camper and when.

      Neil

    2. Billy Yarrow I went to camp with you I was younger Kathy (Strassburg) and my brothers went too. You were with the older boys group I think. I remembered your name for years but thought it was Billy Arrow!

  10. I remember our camp all too well. As the niece of the cook Lois Green I went up early with her to get things ready and stayed to close up. My parents both worked a couple of summers helping her. I love the Maytag picture. I am the little black girl eating her marshmellow. Hated the leeches in the lake, but loved Jim and his nature hikes. Some of the best times in my life were spent at Broadview Farm Camp.

    1. Virginia: I remember Lois. She was a wonderful lady and a great cook. She had another lady who would help her. Often, in the evening after dinner, I would take a canoe out and fish in the lake. I might catch a pickerel or a small bass and I would bring it up to Lois’ room. She would take it and she and the other lady would prepare it and eat it. I can’t remember the other lady’s name but she was quite sweet as well.

  11. Billy

    I think you are talking about Mary…sweet, short lady… she was one of the campers grandmother…yes very nice

  12. OMG! Amazing what the Web can bring us! I just got this idea of looking to see if the camp my kid brother attended for years, becoming a counselor eventually, still existed. It was in the 1940’s that I heard a discussion of the camp, given by Dr. Harms, on the radio statiaon, WQXR — and brought my brother, who was 12 yrs. younger than I, to Dr. Harms’ apartment in Manhattan in a West 50’s brownstone. In no time he was set to go that summer! Nothing could be that simple today! After he’d married, had 3 daughters, he brought his family up to the farm for a visit with Dr. Harms and his assitant, Skotty, as she was known. My brother passed at 72 yrs. but his children will enjoy learning of my discovery here!

    1. assistant? Scotty and Dr. Harms eventually married.
      When you visited their home on Central Park West, did they have the pet squirrel in a cage?

    2. assistant? Scotty and Dr. Harms eventually married.
      When you visited their home on Central Park West, did they have the pet squirrel in a cage?
      Your brother’s name? From the date you give we were there about the same time (1947-50 for me)

      1. Oh, I hardly expected a reply to my commentary — how nice! I was planning on replying to Thomas Wm. Hamiltont who was at the camp during the time my brother was there. I have learned only from here that Scottie and Harms did marry eventually. When I brought my brother to Dr. Harms, it was around 6:00pm and we only sat at a desk in what appeared to be his livingroom. I did not see any pet squirrel but the Harms opened a shallow top drawer in a tall chest and showed us strings of beads and I only recall him referring to “Cleopatra!” On the radio station, WQXR, where I first heard about Broadview Farm, there was a mention it was a camp for “nervous children” and since my brother had a bit of a nervous tick at the time, I saw a reason to check it out! I certainly should have mentioned my brother’s name in my previous letter — Donald Olsen! The slides he had taken were largely indoors with the bunk beds — I remember one with the counsellor and also of a small group at a bonfire in the evening. I must ask his widow if she has that album. Love to hear back from you — let me know if you knew Donny. Annamay Olsen

  13. I did try to contact Laura K. Kochevar regarding more photos of the camp and haven’t heard back.

  14. as a laura mentioned in an hour earlier comment BFC had a big impact on who I turned out to be.
    The early relationships also helped influence me beyond the life lessons the camp modeled.
    I’ve long wondered if all the others who went there had lives that showed it’s influence as well. In my own life, I’ve shared my love of nature with children, volunteering at a public school. Many years later these children pop into my life and recall how that has influenced them. I like to think the seeds sown in us by Scott and Dr Harms will continue to grow in others we’ve touched. I would his project ,
    a success, and Scott wise for supporting the Harms experiment. That’s what the camp was in my eyes now looking back at it.

  15. Not sure if this is still an active discussion site, but I’m delighted to know that there are others like me who vividly and affectionately remember Broadview. I was a camper there from about 1961 or 1962 (when I was 10 or 11) through 1965, and then a counselor in 1968, maybe later too. In the Maytag photo I’m the girl in front with the long braid. Stephanie Silon was to my left, looking away from the bonfire, and Chris Lonergan in checked blouse is to her left. Would love to know where they are today! Stephanie had an older brother Jonathon whom I had a huge crush on. Funny to still remember that after 50 years! Are you there, ‘Billy’ Yarrow? Also remember you and Julian well — an impressive, smart, fun duo. And Neil Talbot — special and unforgettable. Anybody remember ‘Jay’, tall local boy who used to help out at camp? Or the interracial couple with multiple children who proselytized from their traveling bus? So many memories of exploring the state of New Hampshire from the back of that old black truck. And so many different kinds of people, a safe place for all.

  16. Laura: Yes I’m still out there but Julian Eule died of cancer (I found out) in 1999. He was a law professor at UCLA and considered an expert in Constitutional Law. I retired from the Army about 22 years ago and then was a US Gov’t contractor overseas for the better part of 2 decades and then retired from that as well so after over 40 years I could spend some time with my family. And I remember you Laura.

    1. Nice to hear from you, Bill. Oh gee — I guess it’ll always be Billy to me. Good to know you’re safe and sound out there. I remember Julian insisting that he’d be President some day, do you? Sounds like he got pretty darn close, but sorry to hear he’s no long with us. But memories of people do live on, don’t they. Thanks for responding to my note.

  17. Hello, I stumbled across this site while doing some research after finding a sign in my barn. I own an old farm house and barn in Pittsfield. I found a sign that marks the location for Broadview Farm Camp. A nice large old wooden sign. My home and barn were both built in 1800. After much research and finding relatives of the previous owners, I apparently own the original Broadview Farm Camp on the Pittsfield side.

    At some point in 2003-2006 all of the land was sold off into small parcels and a neighborhood built with my home being placed in the center. It was nice to read about all of the history associated with the property and finally to figure out what this darn sign meant!

      1. I too would like to see the sign. I as at the camp for four years, 1947-50, and do not remember a sign.
        But I am very glad it is no longer used by a hunt club. Hope the new owner enjoys and preserves it.
        Are you aware it was used for lumbering in the 1920s and 1930s? I know the old immense saw dust pile next the lake was removed at some point, but about a mile away there was a lumber mill, across the street from, but close to where the science building stood.
        The maple syrup stand finally rotten away

  18. I can email a picture of the sign to whomever would like it. Send me your email address to: mjfarr5@gmail.com.
    In the barn I also found a pair of wooden skis and lots of very old hand tools. Part of the barn looks to have been used for showers or something of that nature at some point.

  19. I spent the summers of 1960-64 at the camp and loved it. I too am in the Maytag picture sitting in the back, wearing a cowboy hat and leaning left to talk to either Julian Eule or Bengie Kaghan. This place will always be in my memories. I always said that after I retired from the Army, I would go back and see it, but have not as of yet. Bill Yarrow

  20. One summer we had baby goats on the property. I remember they were bought from a local farmer for $20 each. My favorite, a white one who liked to wrestle with me, I named Snowball. Also guinea fowl, and I was assigned to go every day and collect any eggs they laid.
    Viewing the aurora was a high point of my time in NH, but I was already into astronomy, so it did not propel me into my career as an astronomer
    BTW, tham153 is the same person as the signature below

    1. Hi Billy and Thomas

      yeah I think you came the year after I left in 1962… Mr. Johnson and I didn’t get along… he wanted me to have faith but it was not to be. Glad to see you went into Astronomy great thing to do.

      1. went into? Try three years on the Apollo Program followed by 34 years of teaching astronomy at all 3 colleges on Staten Island while doing planetarium shows. And I’ve written and published six books in the field since retiring (plus 2 science fiction)

        1. Fantastic … always encourage people to be part of science… my degree is in Medical Microbiology sort of went small as you have gone large.

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