Best-selling author Tom Clancy’s estate in Calvert County, Maryland, was built on the site of a former summer camp.
The late author’s property was once home to Camp Kaufmann, a Chesapeake Bay camp near Plum Point, Maryland, which served more than 20,000 Jewish children from Washington between 1952 and 1984. The above photo from the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington (I found it here) was one of the few photos I could find of the camp.
Word has it Clancy wasn’t too nostalgic about the waterfront property’s previous life as a Jewish camp. According to a post on a Yahoo! Group by a poster named Ellen Kaplan:
“When I met him a few years ago and asked about the camp and told of my fond memories his retort was, ‘I love it when all you Buffy’s and Skippy’s drive up to the property in your Volvos and I meet you at the door with my shot gun and tell you to get the hell off my property!’ I don’t think he was kidding.”
Below is a photo of the property from Google Maps.