Monthly Archives: July 2012

“a dream has no dimensions”

The ministry of Dr. May Cravath Wharton began in a humble way: she said ‘yes’ to being the school doctor for the Pleasant Hill Academy.  From there, a consuming dream arose:  “a new day on the Mountain when men and … Continue reading

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uplands

The name, “Uplands” was inspired by a poem by James G. Clark: The Call I saw the mountain stand Silent and wonderful and grand Looking out across the land, When the golden light was falling On a distant dome and … Continue reading

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doctor woman

The story of Uplands Village really begins with a school called the Pleasant Hill Academy, established in 1884 by the American Missionary Association of the Congregational Christian Church.  Created to provide education to rural students on the Cumberland Plateau, the … Continue reading

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into the woods

The Cumberland Plateau region of Tennessee (also known as the “Cumberland Mountains”) refers to that portion of the Appalachian Plateaus Province that runs through Kentucky and Tennessee and into Alabama.  Rising a thousand feet above the surrounding valley, the Cumberland … Continue reading

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a bold witness

Our path from Michigan to Tennessee ran directly through Ripley, Ohio – a little village with a proud history on the banks of the Ohio River.  The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 prohibited slavery in the territories northwest of the Ohio … Continue reading

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on the road again

We left Bay View one day later than planned.  It became so hard to imagine leaving the cool breezes, the beautiful views, and the morning and evening plunges into the fresh waters of Lake Michigan that we negotiated an additional … Continue reading

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reaching towards infinity

“Who was it who said, ‘I hold the buying of more books than one can peradventure read, as nothing less than the soul’s reaching towards infinity; which is the only thing that raises us above the beasts that perish?’ Whoever … Continue reading

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sunset

It is almost always beautiful in Bay View, but the sunsets are extraordinary.  My son, Sam, has an entire photo album on his facebook page devoted entirely to Bay View Sunsets.  Around here, sunsets are an event.  There are benches … Continue reading

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chautauqua

When the Bay View Association was founded in 1875 (then named, the “Methodist Camp Ground Association of the Methodist Episcopal Church”) it was following the lead of other Methodist campgrounds established in the east – places like Wesleyan Grove on … Continue reading

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akhil and me

I’m getting a little ahead of myself here, but I wanted to give you an example of what makes Bay View such an extraordinary place today. Last night, Rob and I were privileged to be included in a small dinner party … Continue reading

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