Hemlock Farms Community Association

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Hemlock Farms
Census-designated place
Hemlock Farms.png
Location in Pike County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Pike County and the state of Pennsylvania.
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyPike
Population (2010)
 • Total3,271
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Websitehttp://www.hemlockfarms.org/

Hemlock Farms Community Association (HFCA) is a census-designated place[1] located in Lords Valley, Blooming Grove, Porter and Dingman Townships in Pike County in the state of Pennsylvania. The community is located south of Interstate 84, and surrounds its namesake Hemlock Lake. As of the 2010 census the population was 3,271 residents.[2]

HFCA is a 4,500-acre (18 km2) gated community that spans from Pennsylvania State Routes 402 and 739.[3] It is the largest community within Lords Valley.[4]

History[edit]

In 1927 William Brewster began acquiring the land that would eventually become HFCA. In 1963 Home Smith International purchased 4,500 acres for $700,000[5] in order to convert it from a private estate to a community with 3,726 lots. Individual property owners now own 95 percent of the lots on which more than 3,000 homes have been constructed, with roughly 1,000 occupied on a permanent basis, and the rest by weekend or summer residents.[6]

All property owners are members of the HFCA, which is incorporated as a nonprofit corporation, and which holds title to the roads, lakes, ponds, green belt and other common areas within the community.[7]

Amenities[edit]

Within HFCA there are four lakes,[8] each contains a beach areas with bathhouses.[9] Boat racks are available for rent to members at 5 different locations.[10] There are two outdoor swimming pools with bathhouses,[11] ten tennis courts (excluding those at the country club),[12] two baseball fields, two basketball courts, a volleyball court, two bocce courts, a children’s playground and a Teen Center.

The Steer Barn Clubhouse, features an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, kiddy pool, Jacuzzi, locker rooms,[13] fitness center,[14] arts and craft rooms, game room and an auditorium/theater.[15]

Additionally HFCA has a private skating rink in the winter,[16] their own summer camp,[17] and private hiking trails in the development.[18]

Infrastructure[edit]

The Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue has provided fire and ambulance services to HFCA since 1969.[19]

The Public Safety Department is HFCA's private police department. In addition to providing guards at 2 of the 3 entrances to the community, they also have a minimum of 2 other patrol officers on at all times.[20]

Hemlock Farms Conservancy[edit]

The Hemlock Farms Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) entity, established in December 2009, maintains the forested areas within HFCA. Their mission is to maintain the natural beauty of HFCA.[21]

Lords Valley Country Club[edit]

The Lords Valley Country Club (LVCC), is a private club, limited to 400 members, offering: an 18 hole golf course, 10 tennis courts, swimming, and dining facilities to its members. Although the country club is located within HFCA it is not associated with it, and its history pre-dates HFCA.[22] In 2014 it was added to the Platinum Clubs of America's list of Five Star country clubs, ranked number 31 of 125.[23]

The LVCC was originally chartered in 1945 as Pocono Skyline Golf Club and was located at the Monomonock Inn, Barrett Township, Monroe County, PA. In 1954, after facing several financial issues, the club was renamed to Mountain Resorts and went into inactive status.[24] In 1963 when Western Heritage purchased the HFCA they also signed a 20-year lease with Mountain Resorts, which changed its name to Lords Valley Country Club.[25]

In 1970 a fire broke out causing an estimated $100,000 of damages.[26] In 1972 the LVCC exercised their right to purchase the land their country club is on.[25] In 1973, the club's owner Home Smith sold the club to its members.[26]

The area of HFCA was originally part of the William Brewster estate. After the home was built in 1931 he added a pool, eight-hole golf course, two-lane bowling alley and a billiards room. Today these facilities have been renovated and are part of the LVCC. In 1964 additional holes were added bringing the total to eighteen.[26]

The par 72 golf course was designed by Norman H. Woods and receives a 71.2 rating (from the championship tees).[27] The club's affiliations include USGA, PGA of America, Pennsylvania Golf Association, Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Program, Goldwater Guardian Green Sites Program, and Philadelphia Golf Association.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-21. Retrieved 2014-05-25.
  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/#
  3. ^ http://hemlockfarms.org/page/19621~480545/Why-Hemlock-Farms
  4. ^ http://www.wallenpaupacklakeproperty.com/hemlock-farms.htm
  5. ^ http://www.lordsvalleycountryclub.com/history
  6. ^ http://www.poconohomesource.com/hemlockfarms/
  7. ^ http://hemlockfarms.org/page/19621~481144/Recreation
  8. ^ http://hemlockfarms.org/Page/19621~481147/Recreation
  9. ^ http://hemlockfarms.org/Page/19621~481149/Recreation
  10. ^ http://hemlockfarms.org/Page/19621~481150/Recreation
  11. ^ http://hemlockfarms.org/Page/19621~481152/Recreation-Swimming-Pools
  12. ^ http://hemlockfarms.org/Page/19621~481146/Recreation
  13. ^ http://hemlockfarms.org/page/19621~383913/Steer-Barn-Clubhouse
  14. ^ http://hemlockfarms.org/Page/19621~481145/Recreation
  15. ^ http://hemlockfarms.org/page/19621~643203/Cultural-Arts-Directory
  16. ^ http://hemlockfarms.org/Page/19621~481151/Recreation
  17. ^ http://hemlockfarms.org/page/19621~633309/Summer-Program-Information
  18. ^ http://hemlockfarms.org/Page/19621~481153/Recreation
  19. ^ http://www.hemlockfirerescue.com/index.php/history
  20. ^ http://www.hemlockfarms.org/Page/19621~384965
  21. ^ https://www.associationvoice.com/Page/19621~386552/
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-07-30.
  23. ^ Platinum Clubs® of America 2014
  24. ^ LVCC History Edition Newsletter, 2006
  25. ^ a b http://lordsvalleycountryclub.clubsoftlinks.com/upload/hkEWq_z-SVDe.pdf
  26. ^ a b c Hemlock News, October 2014 edition, Page 43, Article Title "Lords Valley Country Club"
  27. ^ "Lords Valley Country Club - SCORECARD". Lords Valley Country Club. Archived from the original on 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2011-09-07./
  28. ^ Hemlock News, November 2014 edition, page 64, Article title "LVCC Achieves Platinum Status"

Coordinates: 41°18′51″N 75°03′10″W / 41.31417°N 75.05278°W / 41.31417; -75.05278