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“In the Heart of the Pines: Camden During the Hotel Era, 1882-1941” opens on July 7, 2014

Katherine H. Richardson

Posted: June 19, 2014 1:44 p.m.
Updated: June 20, 2014 5:00 a.m.

It all really began with the Haile Gold Mine. The Eldredge family of New York – the Hobkirk Inn Eldredges – purchased the mine in 1880. The family owned gold mines in California, Virginia, and Mexico. Son, Frank W. Eldredge, was installed here as manager of the Haile mine. Frank’s son, Inman, wrote that the living quarters at the mine "were a bit crude," so when his mother was expecting in 1882 his father bought Pine Flat from Mrs. William Shannon.


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