HISTORY OF HARTSTONE BIBLE CAMP

Serving Church Families for Over 50 Years in the Northern California Mountains

The group of Independent Fundamental Churches of America (IFCA) that came together to establish Hartstone Bible Camp in 1967 had a shared vision: To develop a place where they could fellowship while proclaiming the truth of the sufficient, inerrant Word of God. Hartstone Bible Camp is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a Board of Directors, dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Board of Directors operate the camp under a written Constitution and By-Laws.

 

The 90-acre camp is named after Harry H. Hartstone and Josephine Hartstone, the original owners of the land, who operated Hartstone’s Log Cabin Inn on the Eel River above Potter Valley, California for many years. Following Harry Hartstone’s death in 1932, the property changed hands several times before finding a home with the founding churches who turned it into a retreat camp for families and ministries throughout Northern California and beyond.

 

Over the years, the Hartstone site has been developed to include a total of 15 buildings in the camp’s main area. The original purchase included Alder Springs, a natural underground water source that has been developed by Hartstone to provide water for the camp as well as its neighbors. In 1997, Hartstone Bible Camp purchased 14 adjacent acres of property, which included private beachfront access along the Eel River, a two-story log cabin lodge, and seven additional one-room log cabins.

Hartstone's Log Cabin Inn

Hartstone's Log Cabin Inn

Hartstone Bible Camp was once Hartstone's Log Cabin Inn on the Eel River.

Harry H. Hartstone

Harry H. Hartstone

Harry H. Hartstone, the original owner of the bar and inn on the Eel River.

Vintage Hartstone

Vintage Hartstone

The property where Hartstone Bible Camp is now located has been enjoyed by families and loggers for decades.

Eel River, Potter Valley

Eel River, Potter Valley

Another generation of swimmers enjoying the Hartstone riverfront beach on the Eel River.

Harry Hartstone & Wanda Warden

Harry Hartstone & Wanda Warden

Harry H. Hartstone with Potter Valley resident Wanda Warden in 1926.

Inside River Lodge when it was a bar

Inside River Lodge when it was a bar

When it was a bar sometime prior to 1960.

Outside River Lodge

Outside River Lodge

When it was a bar sometime prior to 1960.

Hartstone Bible Camp

Hartstone Bible Camp

The Hartstone's property in Potter Valley was purchased by a group of IFCA churches in 1967.

Northern California Log Cabins

Northern California Log Cabins

The founding churches of Hartstone Bible Camp wanted a place to fellowship and worship God in His beautiful creation.

Hartstone Lodge

Hartstone Lodge

The 14-acre property that contains the lower lodge at Hartstone was acquired by the camp in 1997.

Hartstone Chapel

Hartstone Chapel

Hartstone hosted churches throughout Northern California for conferences and camps.

Hartstone Ampitheater

Hartstone Ampitheater

The Victory Circle Ampitheater at Hartstone has beautiful views of the Potter Valley mountains.

Hartstone Kitchen

Hartstone Kitchen

Serving meals in the Hartstone kitchen.

Volleyball at Hartstone

Volleyball at Hartstone

Campers have been enjoying our volleyball court for a long time!

Hartstone Dining Hall

Hartstone Dining Hall

With everything there is to do at Hartstone and a long tradition of good country cooking, it's no wonder the Dining Hall has never had a shortage of hungry, happy guests.

Stan & Valeri Walker

Stan & Valeri Walker

In 2004, Stan and Valeri Walker generously committed to 10 years as Volunteer Directors, revitalizing and renovating the camp for a new generation.

Dick Family

Dick Family

Along with his wife Julie and their four kids, Dave Dick brings passion and vision to his role as Hartstone's current Camp Director.

Bay Cabin

Bay Cabin

Bear Skin on Oak Cabin

Bear Skin on Oak Cabin

Ed & Charline Breazeale 1979 long time s

Ed & Charline Breazeale 1979 long time s

Chris leading singing 1984

Chris leading singing 1984

Volleyball Court 1984

Volleyball Court 1984

Dining Hall Mid 80's

Dining Hall Mid 80's

MBC Leadership planning retreat 1983

MBC Leadership planning retreat 1983

Gordie & Janice Archer 1979 long time su

Gordie & Janice Archer 1979 long time su

Father and Daughter Bikes at Camp

Father and Daughter Bikes at Camp

Father and Daughter Memories

Father and Daughter Memories

Hartstone Log

Hartstone Log

Hartstone Old Logo

Hartstone Old Logo

HBC Snow

HBC Snow

Mater

Mater

Old 7up Signs

Old 7up Signs

Old Boys Lodge

Old Boys Lodge

Old Hartstone Log

Old Hartstone Log

Old Smoke House Behind River Lodge

Old Smoke House Behind River Lodge

Orginal Hartstone Log Cabin Inn in place of where current flag pole is now

Orginal Hartstone Log Cabin Inn in place of where current flag pole is now

Past Lead Cooks Kristen and Alison

Past Lead Cooks Kristen and Alison

Past Staff

Past Staff

The Pauli's

The Pauli's

Tree Helpers

Tree Helpers

Jamie & Jenn Saunders Maint. 2016-17

Jamie & Jenn Saunders Maint. 2016-17

Jens Tulip & Family 2008-2020 General Maintenance Manager

Jens Tulip & Family 2008-2020 General Maintenance Manager

HBC Dining Hall 2006-2016

HBC Dining Hall 2006-2016

2007 CCCA Article on Hartstone

2007 CCCA Article on Hartstone

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1985 GERDY Camp Golf Cart Retired 2018

1985 GERDY Camp Golf Cart Retired 2018

1985 GOOSE Camp Truck Retried 2019

1985 GOOSE Camp Truck Retried 2019

1987 MATER Camp Truck Retired 2019

1987 MATER Camp Truck Retired 2019

RENOVATION & REVITALIZATION

The camp was very active from the late 1960s through the early 1990s. As the participant church congregations began to age, the demographics changed and the camp became less vibrant. In 2004, participants made a commitment to repair and revitalize the camp in order to better serve a new generation of believers. The first step in this process was to clean up and repair the facility. A new board of directors was established with a fresh focus and vision. In October of 2004, Stan and Valeri Walker joined the team with a commitment to serve the camp as volunteer directors. Under their guidance, Hartstone Bible Camp experienced a slow and steady growth in attendance, focusing on hosting family camps and providing churches and church groups with an experience away from the distractions of the day-to-day routine as a premier Northern California Christian campground and conference retreat center.

HARTSTONE TODAY & TOMORROW

In 2014, Dave Dick became the new camp director. Along with his wife Julie and their four children, Dave seeks to serve the camp by remaining true to its mission: To share Christ’s love by serving churches through a camp experience. Christian churches bring their own speakers, provide their own worship, and coordinate their schedule with the staff. Hartstone Bible Camp provides the facility and home-cooked meals. Our goal as a staff is simply to “wash the feet” of the churches who stay with us at Hartstone, facilitating their unique programs and time spent with one another as a body in this beautiful place. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive our yearly newsletter, which provides updates on our latest projects and developments as we continue to steward this camp into the future.

Plaques at Hartstone

Bob and Laura Barbiere

Bob and Laura Barbiere

Bob and Laura Barbiere

Bob and Laura Barbiere

Bob and Laura Barbiere

Bob and Laura Barbiere

Clara Edith Vose

Clara Edith Vose

Stan and Valeri Walker

Stan and Valeri Walker

Chapel Pulpit Plaque

Chapel Pulpit Plaque

Fireside Podium Plaque

Fireside Podium Plaque

Past Hartstone T-Shirts

HBC 2019

HBC 2019

HBC 2018

HBC 2018

HBC 2017

HBC 2017

HBC 2016

HBC 2016

HBC 2015

HBC 2015

HBC 2014

HBC 2014

HBC 2013

HBC 2013

HBC 2012

HBC 2012

HBC 2011

HBC 2011

HBC 2010

HBC 2010

HBC 2009

HBC 2009

HBC 2008

HBC 2008

HBC 2007

HBC 2007

HBC 1989

HBC 1989

HBC Year Unknown

HBC Year Unknown

HBC Year Unknown

HBC Year Unknown

Past Hartstone Merchandise

 
Old HBC Water Bottle

Old HBC Water Bottle

Old HBC Water Bottle

Old HBC Water Bottle

Old Tan Beanie

Old Tan Beanie

Old Water Bottle

Old Water Bottle

Old Green Beanie

Old Green Beanie

Old Light Grey Beanie

Old Light Grey Beanie

Old Mugs

Old Mugs

Old Black w_ Grey Mesh Trucker Hat

Old Black w_ Grey Mesh Trucker Hat

Old Black Hat

Old Black Hat

Old Dark Grey Beanie

Old Dark Grey Beanie

Old Camo Curve w_ Mesh Trucker Hat

Old Camo Curve w_ Mesh Trucker Hat

Old Camo Flat bill w_ Mesh Trucker Hat

Old Camo Flat bill w_ Mesh Trucker Hat

 

Previous Summer Staff Videos

 

Past Hartstone Newsletters

Past Chalkboard Messages

 
 

Past News & Events

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(707) 743-1621

17856 Van Arsdale Road
Potter Valley, CA 95469

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