“By the twentieth century, the Tree Tops land had become a hunting and fishing camp.”
Not too many years ago, a smoothly polished chunkey stone was found near Tree Tops, where Catawba Indians had lived and hunted for untold centuries. The fast-paced game of chunkey was their great pastime. The game entailed rolling a disk-shaped stone down a court, and players competed to see who could throw a spear closest to the stone. They often wagered their entire belongings on the game’s outcome. Dating back at least 1,400 years, chunkey is considered the oldest game played in North America (and perhaps the oldest example of zealous sports betting).
The chunkey stone found near Tree Tops measures about four inches in diameter and an inch high at its rim. The red quartz stone now resides on the Catawba Reservation, just across the Catawba River in Rock Hill.
Beginning in the 1500s, De Soto and his Spanish soldiers temporarily passed through the area, followed by the French. By the 1700s, the Scots-Irish and English had begun to settle in Lancaster County, slowly wresting land from the Catawba. Before long, the Revolutionary War took its toll on the area, as did the Civil War some nine decades later.
By the twentieth century, the Tree Tops land had become a hunting and fishing camp. The creek running through the property was dammed to form a ten-acre lake; wild turkey and deer were plentiful. In 1997, the property owner deeded the land to an organization operating a camp for abused and neglected children. Tree Tops was the name of the children’s camp.
A decade later, the organization could no longer operate the camp and the land went on the market. Lennar purchased it and began to build the active-adult Tree Tops community, designed for those who appreciate the beauty and tranquility of nature.
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