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Camptown in Isle of Wight County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Camp Manufacturing Company

 
 
Camp Manufacturing Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 5, 2013
1. Camp Manufacturing Company Marker
Inscription.  This industrial complex evolved from a sawmill that operated here prior to the Civil War. In 1887, three brothers, Paul D. Camp, James L. Camp, and Robert J. Camp, founded Camp Manufacturing Company, later Union Camp Corporation The lumbering enterprise pioneered a program to purchase land as well as timber rights, allowing extensive reforestation efforts. The facility is a major producer of paper, paperboard, lumber, and particleboard. The Blackwater River and the railroads have traditionally provided transportation for raw materials and manufactured products for the western Viginia Tidewater area.
 
Erected 2009 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number U-125.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
 
Location. 36° 40.9′ N, 76° 55.025′ W. Marker is in Camptown, Virginia, in Isle of Wight County. Marker is on Carrsville Highway (U.S. 58/258), on the right when traveling north. Located between East Street and Jamestown Lane (CR 691). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin VA 23851, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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Camp Manufacturing Company Marker, and present day factory image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 5, 2013
2. Camp Manufacturing Company Marker, and present day factory
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least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blackwater Line - Franklin (here, next to this marker); Lyons State Theatre (approx. half a mile away); The Flood of September 1999 (approx. half a mile away); Franklin (approx. half a mile away); The Age of Gasoline (approx. half a mile away); Recovery and Progress (approx. half a mile away); War Comes to the Blackwater (approx. half a mile away); "Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" (approx. half a mile away).
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. see the relationship wih marker shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Union Camp Corporation, Wikipedia entry. The Camp Manufacturing Company was founded in 1887 by 3 local Camp brothers from Franklin, Virginia. Paul Douglas Camp (President), James Leonidas Camp (Vice-president) and Robert Judson Camp (secretary-treasurer) purchased a small sawmill on the outskirts of Franklin. (Submitted on October 28, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Franklin, Virginia - Industrialization and the Camp family. It was not until 1887 that Franklin began to see significant growth. Six brothers from the Camp family, with local roots, took possession of a local sawmill. The sawmill was small and had been operating for several years alongside the Blackwater River
Camp Manufacturing Company Marker (r) shares location with Blackwater Line - Franklin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 5, 2013
3. Camp Manufacturing Company Marker (r) shares location with Blackwater Line - Franklin Marker
With the Camp family's acquisition of the mill, it experienced 20 years of rapid growth under the leadership of Paul Douglas Camp (President), James Leonidas Camp (Vice-president) and Robert Judson Camp (Secretary-treasurer). At the end of this period, after a bout with near-bankruptcy, World War I brought the Camp family back to financial success, bringing along with it the city of Franklin. By 1918, "Tiny Franklin had become a booming wartime village. (Submitted on October 28, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Paul Douglas Camp. and James Leonidas Camp image. Click for full size.
"Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" Marker,The Elms Foundation
4. Paul Douglas Camp. and James Leonidas Camp
(l) Paul Douglas Camp (1849-1924). A son of George and Sallie Cutchins Camp and a franklin native, P.D. started his first sawmill when he was only 27 years
old. He lived by the motto, "Can't is not in the Camp's vocabulary."

(r) James Leonidas Camp (1857 - 1925), J.L. became president of the firm in 1924. After his death in 1925, his son, James L. Camp Jr., became president and started moving Camp into kraft paper making in the 1930s.

By 1907 Camp was a household name
throughout the Atlantic seaboard states.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 608 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 28, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on December 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

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