The CAN DO Community Foundation recognized the Colleen Shea Children’s Foundation scholarship recipients who attended Ferrwood Music Camp in July. They were Carlie Fulcher, Mountaintop, a student at Rice Elementary School, and Brian Rigotti, Hazleton, a student at Heights-Terrace Elementary/ Middle School.
The CAN DO Community Foundation’s mission is to assist the community in meeting a desire of conservation, preservation and reclamation (“CPR”) of distressed landscape and historic and other locally significant buildings. Ferrwood was built in 1927 by the predecessors of the Luzerne County commissioners as a fresh air camp for about $12,000. The camp was used by children with symptoms of tuberculosis, part of a movement in which doctors, schools, social service agencies and volunteers worked together to meet a community health need. This movement was the precursor to the American Lung Association.
The CAN DO Community Foundation was successful in having Ferrwood listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the Library of Congress. The camp ceased operations after it was successful in achieving its objective and was reopened as a music camp by its founder, the Rev. Joseph Ferrara, in 1966. Today, the Greater Hazleton Philharmonic manages Ferrwood Music Camp with the help of many volunteers. Community support has been critical to the camp’s restoration and success.
Restoration at the camp followed strict Department of Interior guidelines. The main building, which includes boys’ and girls’ dormitory wings, is being restored, as are the kitchen, dining hall, gathering room, showers, bathroom and an expansive screened porch. The 115 windows in the facility, installed when it was a fresh air camp, have been restored along with the band shell used by music camp students.