Athens YWCO installs old millwheel

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The Athens YWCO recently installed an old millwheel that was at the original site of the YWCO’s Jennie Arnold Edwards Camp for Girls in 1925, and was moved from the Habersham County camp that recently closed into a wall at the YWCO on Research Drive, according to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald.  

The Athens YWCO is a non-profit community agency promoting healthy lifestyles for adults and children through various fitness, aquatic, after school and summer camp programs. The facility is located on Research Drive near the University of Georgia campus and offers numerous opportunities for swimming, fitness classes, Pilates Reformer, walking trails and summer day camp. 

Athens YWCO also hosts and promotes youth and family activities such as the annual Kids Tri the Y Youth Triathlon, the USA Triathlon Splash and Dash and the Hop and Hunt 5k.

Jennie Arnold Edwards YWCO Camp was located on Jennings Mill Road (where Legacy Apartments is now) until the property was sold and the camp moved to Habersham County in 1987. 

“Oh what memories abound in my heart and mind,” an article in Oconee Patch reads. “The smell of the warm pine straw, the sound of the dining hall door, the beautiful voices singing camp songs, the camp bell ringing, the wonderful camp meals prepared by the loving hands of our camp cooks, the evening programs and vespers in the Lodge, the sound of splashing coming from the pool, the Follow the Gleam ceremony, the walk to the cross singing Jacob’s Ladder, the sound of the creek running through camp, the campout shelter, the first day of camp, the last day of camp, the many, many camp friends, and so many more memories.” 

“Having the millwheel on the YWCO property keeps the legacy of the Jennie Arnold Edwards Camp alive,” YWCO Executive Director Kitty Meyran told the ABH. “The stone wall symbolizes the solid foundation the YWCO has in the Athens community and the weathered millwheel represents the constant activity at the YW”. 

The new stone wall was designed and built by Murphy Masonry and Oconee Stone Company.