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Camphor Heights Neighborhood Association


About Camphor Heights

Camphor Heights is a close-knit residential neighborhood bordered by Ariana Street and Dobbins Park to the north, S. Lincoln Ave to the west, Fairview Ave to the east, and W. Beacon Road to the south. It was platted in 1951-1952 and contains many midcentury modern homes, including one featured on HGTV in 2019.

The neighborhood is known for its friendly residents and community spirit. While some homes are rented, particularly on the northwest side, most are owner-occupied. Neighborhood Association president Lee Robinson estimates that about 60% of the 220 homes decorate for the holidays. Residents often check in on elderly neighbors and help each other out.

Camphor Heights gets its name from the more than 80 stately camphor trees lining Camphor Drive, planted circa 1917 by landowner James H. Jones back when it was just a dirt road referred to by locals as “Lover’s Lane.” Although technically an invasive species and not recommended for planting by the University of Florida's extension program, these large evergreen trees have dense crowns that create a charming leafy canopy. The section of Camphor Drive between Ariana Street and Beacon Road is considered by some to be the most beautiful street in Lakeland. Artist and neighborhood resident Josh “Bump” Galletta featured the trees when designing a logo for Camphor Heights. 

The community has an active neighborhood association with block captains, a newsletter published every other month, a Facebook group, Neighborhood Watch, and a "Seriously Fun" committee that organizes social events including movies in the park and a puppy parade during the National Night Out each August. Camphor Heights sometimes partners with the neighboring Dixieland and Beacon Hill neighborhoods for events.

Camphor Drive facing Beacon - considered by some to be the most beautiful street in Lakeland.

Camphor Drive facing Beacon - considered by some to be the most beautiful street in Lakeland.


A July 1967 article in the Ledger tells the story of how the camphor trees came to be planted along either side of a dirt road once known as "Lover's Lane" on the property of New Yorker-turned-Lakelander  James H. Jones in roughly 1917.

A July 1967 article in the Ledger tells the story of how the camphor trees came to be planted along either side of a dirt road once known as "Lover's Lane" on the property of New Yorker-turned-Lakelander James H. Jones in roughly 1917.

Mr. Jones owned 89 acres, 40 on each side of what later became Camphor Drive. His 3-bedroom frame house with a wraparound porch on three sides no longer exists, but it was probably in the 1600 block of present-day S. Warren Ave, near Dobbins Park.

Mr. Jones owned 89 acres, 40 on each side of what later became Camphor Drive. His 3-bedroom frame house with a wraparound porch on three sides no longer exists, but it was probably in the 1600 block of present-day S. Warren Ave, near Dobbins Park.

The midcentury modern home at 1905 Shady Ln. was featured on Season 6, episode 3 of the HGTV show "My Lottery Dream Home." Host David Bromstad called the house - dubbed the Presley Ranch - "midcentury madness at its best" in a "wonderfully established neighborhood."

The midcentury modern home at 1905 Shady Ln. was featured on Season 6, episode 3 of the HGTV show "My Lottery Dream Home." Host David Bromstad called the house - dubbed the Presley Ranch - "midcentury madness at its best" in a "wonderfully established neighborhood."


Neighborhood Association

  • President: Lee Robinson
  • Vice President: Daniel Long
  • 2nd Vice President: Eddie Brandt
  • Secretary: vacant
  • Treasurer: vacant

Announcements

The Zombie Crawl 3K and costume contest is on Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. Registration is $10 per person, which includes a T-shirt. Email seriouslyfun.19@gmail.com for the registration form.
(Also looking for volunteers!)

Movies in the Park will be Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. in Dobbins Park. The film has not yet been decided. Send suggestions to chna1917@gmail.com. Current contenders include: Encanto, Luca, The Batman, and Spider-man: No Way Home

Lights on Camphor, a neighborhood walkabout/driveway party with refreshments and carolers, will be Saturday, Dec. 17 starting at 7 p.m. If you are decorating, please register by emailing seriouslyfun.19@gmail.com.
(Also looking for volunteers and carolers!)


Get Connected

Email:  chna1917@gmail.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Camphor-Heights-Neighborhood-Association-CHNA-128820747774428 

Neighborhood Watch Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/252360145481635 

Newsletter: April 2022

Meetings:  Second Monday of odd months at 6:30 p.m., Dobbins Park Pavilion next to Dixieland Elementary


Camphor Heights has an active Neighborhood Watch committee.

Camphor Heights has an active Neighborhood Watch committee.

The "Camphor Heights Cemetery" pops up each year around Halloween, with its own Facebook fan page. The theme for 2022 is "Demented Fun House."

The "Camphor Heights Cemetery" pops up each year around Halloween, with its own Facebook fan page. The theme for 2022 is "Demented Fun House."