The History of Meadville KOA Campground is all about serving great camping families in Northwest PA with excellence since 1978! Meadville KOA is currently a Founder’s and President’s Award-Winning KOA Campground.
Our history begins as a fish hatchery, then becomes the award-winning Brookdale Family Campground which is now a KOA Founder’s and President’s Award-winning KOA Campground. Meadville KOA provides the very best of Northwestern PA Camping! Meadville KOA Campground has 63 acres to roam in a picturesque rural setting in Northwestern Pennsylvania, with a 2-acre lake, stocked fishing ponds, catch and release fishing, a creek, and hiking trail.
To know about the history of Meadville KOA, our story goes back in time to the McClemens family, who originally purchased the land from the Holland Land Company in 1893, and built a homestead and barn at the site in 1914, in an area known at that time as McClemen’s Flats.
In 1945, the Roae family purchased the property and turned the farm into an auction barn and built ponds for a fish hatchery, where they raised and sold flathead minnows for fishing in Pymatuning Lake. In 1978, they turned the auction barn and farm into Brookdale 1914 Campground, taking the name directly from the date on the old red barn and the brook that runs through the dale in which its located.
At one time, a large red barn with roller skating in the top of it served as the main building complex of the campground, until it burned down in 1984. Many local people still remember the old barn, which stood throughout its 70 year history! The campers helped rebuild the main building, which now serves the campers and local community with a seasonal camp store & mini-mart. The building also houses a recreation hall, game room, restrooms and showers, and a laundry facility for campers.
As our history moves forward in time, Brookdale Campground was purchased by Tim & Robyn Chilson in October of 1999 and renamed Brookdale Family Campground. As owners of Brookdale Family Campground, we added 10 new full-hook-up, pull-thru 50 amp campsites for big rigs, free Wi-Fi to all the campsites, cable TV to all the full hookup campsites, a new camping cabin, two new deluxe lake-front cabins, and additional rental recreation with an 18 hole mini golf, a jumping pillow, and pedal karts. And achieving many awards from PA Campground Owners Association, and ARVC, including Guest Reviews “A Rated” Status. Our history of serving customers with excellence is noted on a local and national scale.
In 2011, Brookdale Family Campground was invited to join Kampgrounds of America as Meadville KOA. Kampgrounds of America (KOA) is the largest and most recognized camping franchise in the world with 485 member campgrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada. Meadville KOA was honored to achieve both a Guest “A Rating” from Guest Reviews (GoCampingAmerica.com), and the KOA President’s Awards in 2011. They have achieved the KOA President’s Award ever since. In 2014, Meadville KOA also achieved the KOA Founder’s Award meeting the highest quality score from KOA inspectors, and highest customer review scores.
In addition to the rich history about the campground, the area is rich in local history as well. French creek was used by General Washington, and in fact upon the death of Washington’s drummer boy, he had asked to be returned to this area for burial because he thought it was so beautiful. Washington granted his request.
Meadville was settled in 1788, by David Mead and nine others. It’s prosperity can be linked to the rich farm lands of the French Creek Valley. Meadville was incorporated in 1823 as a borough and later as a City in 1866. Meadville was designated the Crawford County seat in 1880. In 1988 Meadville celebrated its Bicentennial with many events and activities.
Today, Meadville is home to more than 13,000 full-time residents. The City is also an active center for business, industry, education, the arts, recreation, service and tourism. Meadville is also home to Allegheny College. The Academy Theatre showcases productions with local talent. The historic Meadville Market House is the longest running market houses in the state of Pennsylvania. It supplies locally grown produce and products, year round. Meadville hosts Thunder in The City motorcycle rally and car show each summer.
Crawford County is home to several highly ranked golf courses that can challenge any level player. It’s also home to Thurston Classic Hot Air Balloon Event – held each Father’s Day Weekend. In addition, the Crawford County Fair is one of the largest agricultural fairs in PA. It is also known for its top-notch country entertainers!
We hope you’ll come join us for some of the very best Northwestern PA Camping!
Tim & Robyn Chilson are Certified Park Operators (CPO) by ARVC (The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds). They are members of ARVC, The Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association, and KOA Owners Association. In addition, both TIm and Robyn are graduates of the ARVC School of Campground Management.
Tim served on the Board of Directors for PCOA for 5 years (2008-2013). Robyn is currently serving on the KOA Owner’s Association Communications Committee (2016-present).
Below, a message from Meadville KOA Campground owners, Tim & Robyn Chilson:
Welcome to Meadville KOA and Northwestern PA!
We extend our warmest welcome to you and your family! As campers for over 35 years ourselves, our family has enjoyed camping and created memories that have lasted a lifetime! That is exactly what we hope to bring to you. We hope that your stay with us will be a fun-filled, camping experience which creates memories that last a lifetime!
Our entire staff works very hard to make your stay safe and fun for your whole family. It is our goal to provide safe and fun family entertainment, top notch children’s activities, at a well-groomed facility with clean restrooms at a price that continues to make camping the most affordable form of vacation for your family!
We thank you, our campers, for making this campground the wonderful family campground it is. It is truly our honor to serve so many great camping families over our history of operation. We sincerely thank you.
We sincerely thank you for camping and sharing your family vacation with us! And, until we meet again, we wish you many safe and fun-filled family camping, where ever your travels take you!
Tim & Robyn Chilson, Owners
Call us at 814-789-3251 or contact us!