So We Bought a Camp

A family camp has long been on our list of someday, somehow, someplace and we had been searching for years when the right one came along.

 Last year, a Presbyterian church camp came on the market and we decided that this might be the one

Mill Creek Falls Retreat Center - Campground Wedding Event Venue in York County, PA
Mill Creek Falls Retreat Center - Campground Wedding Event Venue in York County, PA

We visited the camp several times and explored the main campground, but the weather made it impossible to traverse all of the trails and see the entire 128 acres. We loved the camp, but couldn't see it all. We didn't want to miss this chance though.

We made our first offer without hiking the entire property.

Mill Creek Falls Retreat Center - Campground Wedding Event Venue in York County, PA
Mill Creek Falls Retreat Center - Campground Wedding Event Venue in York County, PA

The church countered and we decided to visit the camp yet again to determine whether we could justify the counter offer. 

This time we took the trails. ALL the trails.

Mill Creek Falls Retreat Center - Campground Wedding in the Woods York County, PA
Mill Creek Falls Retreat Center - Campground Wedding in the Woods York County, PA

The River Trail was the deal maker for us, leading from the fields down through the woods, along Mill Creek and into a gorge that doesn't seem like it should exist in Pennsylvania. Carpeted with Mountain Laurel from the creek all the way up to the peak, the hills are going to be insanely beautiful in Spring.

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Mountain Laurel on The River Trail at Mill Creek Falls Retreat Center in York County PA

The hostas, the ferns, the mosses -- all add up to a magical trail down to the falls. 

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There is even this little patch of ferns and moss that is so ridiculously cute that I want to set up a fairy village. 

Priorities though -- it will have to be a summer project.

Moving on...

Mill Creek Falls Retreat Center - Campground Wedding in the Woods York County, PA
Mill Creek Falls Retreat Center - Campground Wedding in the Woods York County, PA

The falls start as the hills rise and continue down to the end of the trail where camp property meets public Pennsylvania property. 
Continue onto public land and you are directly on the banks of the Susquehanna. We were sold. We countered. 

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Camp Cat that has adopted us.

The church made the difficult decision to sell a property that has meant a lot to many people through many years. The deal was done.

The Lodge at Mill Creek Falls Retreat Center - Campground Wedding Event Venue in York County, PA
The Lodge at Mill Creek Falls Retreat Center - Campground Wedding Event Venue in York County, PA

9 weeks ago, the papers were signed and we dove into renovations. 
We have already began renting out the finished buildings and plan to have the entire camp open in early spring. 

The A Frame Cabin at Mill Creek Falls Retreat Center - Campground Wedding Event Venue in York County, PA
The A-Frame Cabin at Mill Creek Falls Retreat Center - Campground Wedding Event Venue in York County, PA

There is a lot of work to be done to get the camp up and running again as a wedding venue and retreat center, but the heart and soul of the camp is of the people that built this place. From a patch of woods and farmland, the people of the church created a restful retreat for people to escape the city and get away from it all. There are names of campers carved into trees, crosses made by hand, campfires and trails and cabins all built by church members. There is a history here that we want to embrace and certainly not erase. It is a difficult and careful line we are trying to walk to update the camp, give fresh finishes and modern conveniences to the cabins -- all while maintaining the heart and spirit of the campers who love this place and gave it purpose.

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A Bench in the Woods Honoring a Camper

As the new caretakers of the property, we want to only add to the legacy that the Presbyterian church began.
We want many people to visit and be physically challenged, mentally engaged, emotionally recharged and spiritually renewed

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We want to celebrate as people are united in marriage here. We want to support missionaries and pastors by hosting retreats and conferences for them. We want families to reconnect here. We want kids to play in the creek and learn to fish in the river. We want adults to escape reality and enjoy the peace here. We want to serve this region in so many ways and we only hope that we can do it justice.
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The camp website is MillCreekFallsRetreat.com and our Instagram is Mill Creek Falls Retreat.


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