H.E.K. Hall Camp 28
The oldest camp in New England, founded in 1883, it is the designated member-at-large camp, and is traditionally affiliated with the Chelsea/Orange County area.
Richard P. Reed
627 Summer Street
St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819-8760
Camp No. 28 is named after H.E.K. Hall, the son of Captain William Henry Harrison Hall (pictured above), 6th Vermont Infantry, and Sarah A. Foster. Henry was killed in 1881 by the accidental discharge of a gun in his hands. (William A. Ellis, Norwich University: Her History, Her Graduates, Her Roll of Honor, (Rumford Press, Concord, NH, 1898), p. 276)
When the camp was chartered in 1883, "its founding officers consister of three farmers, one tenant farmer, one farm laborer, a salesman, and a lawyer." (Hal S. Barron, Those Who Stayed Behind: Rural Society in Nineteenth-Century New England, (Cambridge University Press, New York, 1984), p. 123, quoting Roster of the H.E.K. Hall Camp No. 28, Vermont Division, Sons of Veterans, Chelsea Historical Society)).