Friday, August 14, 2015

Memories of Tamsin Park – Part 5

In the summer of 1992, I made a trek out to Peninsula to see how Tamsin Park was doing. But the day that I went, I was unable to access the park property, due to road construction if I remember correctly. I did notice that the Indian Mill near the entrance to the park had been renamed Ye Olde Mille, and was now hosting events such as the Arts & Craft Fair held in August that year.

So how long did the park stay open? According to various online accounts, Tamsin Park was still hosting campers as late as 1997. Its glory days were passed, however, and the park eventually closed within a few years.

In 2003, according to the Cuyahoga Valley Arcadia Book, “the property laid idle awaiting annexation to Cuyahoga Falls and the construction of nearly 300 homes."

Indeed today, the former Tamsin Park property is home to a huge residential development called Hidden Lakes.

Although I haven’t had a chance to drive out there and take some pictures, some aerial views available online tell the story.

Remember the 1964 park map (below)?

Well, here are a few aerial views showing the progression of the residential development.
Courtesy of Bing Maps
Courtesy of Google Maps
And what about the Indian Mill featured on the postcard (below)?
It was listed for a sale just a few years ago, and some listings from that era still survive online. Here’s a photo (below) courtesy of
Happily, the Indian Mill found new life in 2014 as the Wine Mill (below). Here’s a link to the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Well, that wraps up my weeklong series on Tamsin Park. Hopefully, other people that camped there in its heyday will find these posts and enjoy some of the postcards and brochures.

To some, it might seem silly to be nostalgic about a campground that’s long gone. But you’ve probably figured out that it’s really not about the campground itself, or the real estate it sat on.

For me, it’s about memories of a simpler time when my parents were both alive and my siblings and I were young and innocent. Happy memories of camping, shared by anyone who ever pitched a tent in a wooded meadow, helped set up a pop-up camper or sat in the darkness in front of the glow of a warm campfire with their family, toasting marshmallows.

Tamsin was the perfect backdrop for those kinds of memories.


Mark said...

I never went there, but had heard stories from others who had...sounds like a piece of local history that will not be again. Too many things to keep families and kids occupied these days - cell phones, video games etc. Very interesting series - thanks!

Kevin O'Connell said...

Fascinating story! We live here now and I love the great history surrounding this neighborhood!

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Charlene Gohs said...

Our family were permanent campers there for years. I basically grew up there. It was a beautiful park & lots of memories & fun times. Always tons of kids and activities. Then there was the Indian Festival which was like none other. Good times growing up!

Anonymous said...

Hello and thank you for providing this fun and fascinating bit of Tamsin history! I too was at the Indian Festival in I believe 1969. I acquired a group of Pana-Vue slides from the event on ebay and am planning on making them in to photo's. If anyone knows of any slides or photo's from the event please let me know as I would be much interested in purchasing them, thank you so much, Stephanie

Tenk Van Dool said...

My Grandparents had a season site across from the honey locust shelter. My grandpa had a large tiki and a sign "please, no indian rain dancing". Anyone remember the fountain of youth?