Louise Smith of Cleveland purchased the 23-acre former Sokol Camp in the Twinsburg Heights area of northern Summit County in 1952. The Czech organization had operated the camp since 1934. The wooded property offered a lake, dance hall, indoor and outdoor dining areas, tennis court, cabins, pony rides, and a playground. As with many other efforts by African Americans to develop summer resorts, Smith’s attempts provoked white backlash.
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- “Future Outlook League Plans Annual Picnic.” Call & Post. August 2, 1952.
- Sears, Art, Jr. “‘Cold War’ Stymies Twinsburg Project Slaughtered Horses Climax Harassment.” Call & Post. September 7, 1957.