About Baylor Beach Park
Sarah Helen Baylor had a cottage at Myers Lake in Canton, Ohio. A gentlemen, who owned a swimming lake called “the Beachcomber” located on 6 acres of land, 1 ½ miles south of Brewster, Ohio, approached Sarah in 1953 about purchasing her cottage at Myers Lake. After much discussion, Sarah not only sold her cottage to the gentlemen but, also, acquired the Beachcomber property. The Beachcomber was re-opened the following summer, but do to it’s poor reputation, had little success.
In 1955, Sarah Baylor’s son, Jack M. Baylor and his wife, Pauline, re-named the facility Baylor Beach and started construction of a home on the property adjacent to the lake. At that time Jack was working full time as the purchasing agent for E.W. Bliss Company in Canton and had in addition to his wife, four children: Sally, Jim, Jack & Bill. In 1956 the house was completed and Jack, along with his wife Pauline and children took over the running of Baylor Beach on an everyday basis. At that time there was a small lake, a bath house, a diving stand and 6 acres of mud and weeds. Starting in 1956 and continuing through the next 3 decades, Jack, Pauline & the children ran the beach.
Over the years many improvements have been made to Baylor Beach. A new diving stand and picnic shelter was added in 1960 In the early 1960’s, Jack and Pauline were able to acquire the surrounding 140-acre farm land adjacent to the original 6 acres. Shortly after that time a second lake and camping area were added.
In 1982, Jack’s son, Jack C. Baylor and his wife, Kathy, took over management of Baylor Beach and added the word park to its name. Jack and Kathy continued adding improvements to the park with the addition of 3 more picnic shelters, a 700 seat pavilion, a 90 foot tube slide, a 18 hole miniature golf course, paddleboats, two log rolls, a basketball court, sand volleyball courts, horseshoes, 60 camping sites and a primitive tent area. The Baylor family keeps getting new ideas, which makes it a never ending work-in-progress.
Continuing with the 3rd generation of the Baylor family, Jack and Kathy’s children, David Baylor and his wife, Beth, are involved daily in management, operation, and improvement of the park. Kelley Baylor Samaco and her husband, Matthew, both being in education, are involved in summertime management and operations.
With the 4th generation (grandchildren, Cameron, Cole, Luke Baylor, and Carter and Lilly Samaco) on the horizon, Baylor Beach Park will continue to be a family owned and operated business.