Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
Gypsy Camp Historic District
Gypsy Camp Historic District

GYPSY CAMP HISTORIC DISTRICT, SILOAM SPRINGS, BENTON COUNTY

ELABORATION

Established in 1921 as a camp for girls, the Gypsy Camp survives as the only collection of buildings in Benton County, and probably in the state, which were constructed for this purpose.  The relatively mild summers of Northwest Arkansas, as well as the location of many resort towns, made the area a popular vacation spot for people from around the country.  Girls from the ages of seven to seventeen came to Gypsy Camp, where activities centered around the creative:  dance, arts, crafts.  Sports such as swimming and archery were of course included.  The Gypsy appellation comes from the theme of the camp, and girls brought "gypsy" costumes and jewelry to wear at the end-of-camp “coronation."  The girls' camp was operated until 1978 and the present owner, grandson of the original owner, now rents the camp out for church activities and family reunions.