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This Barn still stands in North Strafford on a road that loops off and back to Province Road. The house is gone, I assume burned. For a small barn it is a very neat structure.

JoAlCo Farm. Horseback riding camp. The house burned down in the 80’s. The barn is wonderful and is now connected to an indoor arena

I went to Camp Joalco a few years after this photo was taken - I think 1967 and 1968. It was incredible! We would ride in the mornings and evenings and go to the nearby lake in the afternoons.

I went to Jo-Al-Co 1969, 1970, 1971 and we went up weekends in the fall for 50 mile rides and in the winter for snowmobiling! We all loved it so much...

Sheryl, actually I think I was there in 1968 and 1969. So is the camp actually still there?

Were you a junior counselor in 1969? I was in Senior Cabin that year. Camp is no longer, Al and Co have passed but Joanne lives in So. Carolina and still has horses!

Spent several summers as a "barn boy" '62 '63 '64 and many weekend before and after Camp was in session and helped on many trail ride for about 8 or 10 years. With Rick H also Jimmy W and Russell

Sheryl, I don’t remember being a Junior Counselor even though it was after my freshman and sophomore years of high school. I don’t remember a cabin, just the main house, barn, riding ring and lake! What great memories. I wish I had the names of the women who were there then. It was only 35 girls I think.

Jane- 35 campers is about correct! The jr counselors "lived" in "Gods pocket" the only cabin with bathtub!! Only slept 4 counselors.

Just remembered another "remebery" atleast one summerJoanne slept in "GodsPocket" with Jessica Chernay and 2others before joanne "graduated" to main house top of stairs to the right front corner room

I was in tears when I received this beautiful, old picture of the riding camp that I attended with my horse during my high school years. These days at Camp Jo-Al-Co were the best days of my entire childhood. Having the picture made it seem real again. I will always treasure it.

Hi Everyone. I went to camp for 'Many Years" and know someof you commenting here. I wish I could go back in time. Jane, Sheryl and Dave. This is Deb (Warkel) Black. Still talk to Joanne . So many of the "old timers" have passed. Would love to connect with you all. Is anyone else still riding... Please say YES . Happy Trails !

Deb I remember Stan and Carole Warkle - any connection? Stan, on occasion drove the tracktor/trailer horse van!

I dated JoAnne.and visited the camp on several memorable occasions. Would love to catch up with her if anyone has her email address.

I knew the family back in 1969. Joanne taught me how to ride. Her parents Alva and Cora were wonderful people. My cousins the Unitz were friends with them. They were living in Brockton in the winter

Hi Alan! Thank you for sharing your memories with us. It's amazing how Vintage Aerial can bring us back to a different time. Do you remember anything from the area in the 1960's? Maybe any shops or buildings that are no longer there? Was the landscape any different?

Hi Alexis:
I was never at the camp. My cousin Arlene and her husband Paul Unitz were riding friends with the family. They introduced me to Joanne in the fall of 1969. Joanne taught me the basics of riding. I went on a few rides with their friends. At the time they were living in the Brockton, MA home for the winter. I guess I moved on in February of 70’

Hi Deb Black. If you can still contact Joanne. Please tell her Alan Rubin, cousin of Arlene and Paul Unitz says hi!

Hello Alan! I have LOTS of info!! I will contact you later.. ( I’m at work). Talk soon. Deb

Hi Deb:
I was riding my BMW motorcycle and ended up riding around the lake. Much to my surprise, my GPS stated that Jo Al Co road was the next right on my journey. As I rode bye there was a lot of construction vehicles there, so I kept on going. I don't believe in coincidences, but, I was intrigued as to why I found this area after 53 years. Brought back a lot of memories. I live in Nottingham, NH and travel through this area as we hike the many trails in Strafford. Looking forward to "hearing" from you
Alan

Deb Black:
You may contact me at:
alan-rubin @comcast.net
Alan

I am a Hopwood. Almost everyone in my family has sweet memories of Jo-Al-Co! I live in Tega Cay, SC and ride at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. How can I find Joanne? Hi Dave and Debbie! We all grew up on the same street as Dave Hufton. Remember Flicka? She came to came with me...67/68?

I am a Hopwood. Almost everyone in my family has sweet memories of Jo-Al-Co! I live in Tega Cay, SC and ride at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. How can I find Joanne? Hi Dave and Debbie! We all grew up on the same street as Dave Hufton. Remember Flicka? She came to came with me...67/68?

Hi Sandy - I remember Flicka (a legend for sure) also Cheyanne, PolkaDots,BobbiSox,and not least,Prince Charming ! Especially Kathys hot from tne oven popovers!! I'tried to reach out to brother Rick without responce. So sad to discover Mikeys obituary. I live in Londonderry NH not far from Deb Black small worlds

Hi Dave! You can reach me at sweetiecarrigan@hotmail.com
I last saw you at Dad's funeral.....almost 40 years ago?
Losing Mikey, the 6th, first.....has been really hard for all of us.

OMG!! I always wished I had picture of the farm!! I went to camp there 1969,1970 and 1971. And also rode with them in Brockton, MA. I had the privilege of showing Southern Comfort!! And because of them and all the good basics I learned from them, I I have been running a successful barn in West Bridgewater MA for 40 years! I could write a book. And both my daughters are in business and very successful!! Look up Dorrie Douglas Equestrian. JoAnn should know she is part of what she has accomplished!! I think of them often!!!!

So glad I found this great image! It's pretty much what/how I remembered Jo Al Co from attending in 1974-75, I think. I LOVED it there! Horses, horses, horses, all day long! Mostly I remember "my" ponies Sultan and Jubilee, and my friends. Oh, and JoAnn and her Rhodesian ridgebacks, Changa and Rafiki (Fikilonis). For better or for worse I remember all the dumb songs we'd sing on the bus on our daily treks to our bathtub, Bow Lake. I have a few pics, and would love sharing memories with anyone so inclined. And, YES, I have a horse, and am still riding!

Hi Tash! We're thrilled to hear that you found a great image that brought back memories of Jo Al Co. It sounds like you had some amazing times there with the horses and your friends. Do you happen to remember anything specific about the property during that time in the 1970s? We would love to hear more about your experiences and any changes you may have noticed since the photo was taken in 1963.

Sandra Hopwood, OMG I remember you so well. We all need to keep in touch but find it so hard as I am still working. I do remember Flicka and Michaels pony Yogi too! Talk soon. My email is dblack722@gmail.com but I do not check it as often as I should. :)

i spent a very happy summer here, probably in 1961?
still have photos of me on Bobbisox—what a great pony!
Lisa (NY City?) was my best friend and later as a freshman at Bennington, i reconnected with Andy, also a New Yorker.
who had been at camp the same year i was there.

Anne ! I rode Bobby Sox to when I went to camp and at home during the "off" months but I did not start camp until 66.
She gave me blisters on my fingers. LOL. I think I have scars.

Anne ! I rode Bobby Sox to when I went to camp and at home during the "off" months but I did not start camp until 66.
She gave me blisters on my fingers. LOL. I think I have scars.

yes
went to the camp 1967 1968 1968. Remember as the photi shows . it was a beautiful barn. I still have horses . was a wonderful experience. In 1970 I got my first horse

Hi Joanne, Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories of the barn in the photo! It sounds like you had a fantastic experience at the camp during that time. We're curious if you remember any other notable landmarks or changes in the area back in 1967-1968. Also, with your mention of having horses, did you have a specific role in the farm? We'd love to hear more about your farming experiences in the region.

Alex, I don't have a lot more to say about your great photo of JoAlCo, above, but I have at least one pic of part of the red barn (ie, "gangplank" to the second floor), if that is of interest.
I may even have the old camp brochure which would no doubt include some photos of the property back in the day. Let me know if I should try to dredge those up for you. Tash

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