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Ohio Camp
Cameron County, Gibson Twp., near Emporium, Pennsylvania

By Jennifer Neff
Ohio Camp, bought in the 1930's, was a bargain, about $400 for 55 acres, a pre-Civil War house AND a spring of it's own...a lot of the camps on Mason Hill have to travel to a common, shared spring. My Dad (Bob Neff) thinks that the spring at Ohio Camp is one of the strongest and best running in the Alleghenies. It is where we collect water to drink, bathe and cook. It also serves as our refrigerator. A little stream runs from the spring, and downstream is where we rinse out our bedpans. There is an outhouse, but going to it in the night is a little scary.

The family of Roberta Messerly, then secretary to Congressman Mike Kirwan, owned it. She mentioned that it was for sale to Atty. Ed Zieger. Zieger and Thad and Florence Rose, Herb and Ethel Delfs, Atty. Countryman and Mr. Welker, a prominent Canfield realtor, purchased it for a hunting camp. The wives used to go during the summer to visit, clean and play cards. It is fun to look at the old things that they left. It acts as sort of a time capsule.

The shares were passed on to family members and friends. Today (October 2011) the owners are Harry Musser Jr. and his sister Sally Musser Diebert; the Bob and Maxine Neff family; and Don and Marian Booth.

Take 80 E. to 2nd DuBois exit, to Rte. 255, which will turn into 555 at Weedville. Stay on Rte. 555
To Huston Hill (just past Dents Run, and Hicks Run)
Huston Hill is approximately 1 mile east of Dents Run on Rte. 555. Go left on Huston Hill.
At the top of Huston Hill (1 mile) bear to the right
Travel another 1- miles and bear to the right at the Y in the road
( ?Sheddey Rd.)
Turn right at the next intersection and go about 1/3 mile, Ohio Camp will be on your right
Once you are there, and want to come back to Ohio Camp, from Emporium, or Emporium Country Club use
Sterling Run
Take120 east from Emporium and
Immediately after crossing the river and the railroad tracks, turn left onto a dirt road, Sterling Run
At the top of this hill (approximately 2 miles) bear to the left again
Ohio camp is about 1/3 mile on the right.
Note: There are four ways to go up the mountain but these are the best ones to use.

Added by: Jennifer L. Neff

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