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News for December 2, 2023

G&R Campground: A Beacon of Black History and Modern Entrepreneurship

In the heart of Kent County (Delaware) lies the G&R Campground, a testament to Black history and resilience. Established on grounds that once served as an officers’ club for Black veterans returning from the World Wars, its legacy is rich and profound.

The story of Leonard and Yolanda Young, the current owners, is one of unexpected turns, a report from Technical.ly highlighted. Neither had a background in camping, yet they were drawn to this piece of history. Their journey from digital entrepreneurs to campground owners is a tale of passion and commitment to preserving a legacy.

Today, the Youngs face modern challenges, from rural internet connectivity to ensuring the campground’s history is known and celebrated. Yet, with determination, they’ve found solutions, modernizing operations while staying true to the campground’s roots.

The importance of preserving spaces like G&R Campground cannot be overstated. In a time when Black soldiers faced discrimination even after serving their country, establishments like G&R provided a haven. Today, it stands as a reminder of the sacrifices made and the community’s resilience.

Established in 1997, the family-owned haven features  over 30 acres with 200+ RV and tent sites, cabins, and glamping options.

The events at G&R are a reflection of its community focus. From music festivals to wellness retreats, it’s a space that brings people together. The Youngs, with their digital background, have infused modernity into operations, ensuring a seamless experience for visitors.

The challenges of running such a versatile destination are many, but the Youngs navigate them with grace. Their commitment to the campground and its history is evident in every decision, from preserving its name to modernizing its booking system.

The broader context of Black veterans and their experiences post the World Wars adds depth to G&R’s story. These veterans, despite their service, faced challenges at home. Establishments like G&R were more than just recreational spaces; they were symbols of hope and community.

In today’s context, Black-owned spaces like G&R are essential. They serve as reminders of history, provide safe spaces for the Black community, and contribute to the local economy. The Youngs’ journey, from being denied an RV booking to owning a campground, is a testament to their resilience.

The G&R Campground is a beacon of Black history, modern entrepreneurship, and community spirit. Its legacy, preserved by the Youngs, serves as an inspiration for generations to come.


Author Bio
Rein Tarinay

Rein Tarinay

Rein Tarinay, an experienced content writer for Modern Campground, has been specializing in articles about campgrounds, RV parks, and glamping resorts since 2022. With a background in community management and journalism, Rein is a former media fellow of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law, and Development. When not crafting engaging content, she enjoys exploring glamping sites and discovering unique campgrounds. Rein is also a proud beagle owner, often spoiling her beloved pet, Bobby. Her passion for writing and journalism was ignited by a supportive grade school English teacher who recognized her talent and potential.
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