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Kent has had a long history of being home to a number of camps. The town’s close proximity to New York City, coupled with its natural beauty, made Kent an attractive home to more than a dozen different camps over the years. There are residential camps still thriving in Kent that draw campers and parents to town each summer season.

To celebrate the long history of camping in Kent, the Kent Historical Society will offer a new exhibit “The Camps of Kent: Memories of Summer” at the Seven Hearths Museum opening to the public June 13. The exhibit will be open weekends 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 27. This year the Society is participating in Connecticut Open House Day on June 13, an initiative that encourages visiting museums across the state.

Camp Po-Ne-Ma, Camp Francis, Camp Kenmont-Kenwood, Camp Leonard/Leonore (now Club Getaway), Camp Kent, Kenico, Geer Mountain Camp, Camp Milford, and others have all been located in Kent’s hills and on its lakes. So many most joyful memories took place right here in Kent, and yet the story and setting of these much-loved places has never been told.

The town is still home to three state parks, two of which offer overnight camping. The phenomenon of exploring the outdoors through camping didn’t come into existence until the early 20th century. The idea grew in popularity with every passing decade and became more widespread and democratic.

The Historical Society is fortunate to have corporate sponsors who are supporting the exhibit and related events this year: Kent School, Nicholas/Tobin Insurance, Union Savings Bank, and Barry Labendz & David Birnbaum of Kent Falls Brewing Company.