Some 95 plus years ago, Dr. Joseph R. Sevier dreamed of creating a very special girls’ camp.
As minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia, Dr. Sevier developed a passion for the needs and potential of youth. He started a summer camp program in Augusta and as that program developed, he decided to do a remarkable thing… start a summer camp for girls. At the time, there were many boys’ camps but very few camps for girls. For years, he explored the Blue Ridge Mountains until the ideal setting was found on the shores of Lake Summit in North Carolina. During the height of the “roaring twenties” he established the perfect camp for girls, planning every detail even down to planting the trees that now tower over the grounds.
Dr. and Mrs. Sevier began the tradition and spirit of Greystone that grew to such renown that Life Magazine produced a feature story on the camp in 1941.
In 1945, Dr. Sevier passed away, and his daughter, Virginia, became director and continued the quality Christian camp tradition with the loving support of her husband Joe Hanna (a South Carolina businessman). She carefully guided Greystone through the ’50’s and ’60s, and in 1968 Virginia passed the Greystone mantle on to her own daughter, Libby Hanna Miller. Libby and her husband, Jim (who later became known as Jimdaddy), brought Greystone into the 21st century with extensive facility renovations and program modifications.
Today, Greystone is run by Jim “Jimboy” Miller, 4th generation of Dr. Sevier’s family, and his wife Margaret. Jimboy’s sister, Katie, is the Director of the Junior Camp. His mother, Libby, still lives at camp and is very active in camp life (Jimdaddy passed away in January 2010).
Jimboy, who has a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Seminary and bachelors degree from UNC, works on everything associated with camp operations. His wife, Dr. Margaret, is a Pediatrician and serves as camp’s Health Director. Jimboy and Margaret have five wonderful children (Catherine, James Franklin, Caroline, John, and Virginia).
Katie directs the Junior Camp session. A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and lifetime Greystone camper and counselor, Katie is thrilled to introduce so many new campers to the Greystone experience. Katie lives in Tuxedo, NC with her husband, Greg.
Jimboy, Margaret, and Katie are committed to keeping Greystone on the cutting edge of summer camps while preserving the traditions that set it apart.