Lynn Dickhoff

picture of Kneen's Kamp brochure

Kneen’s Kamp

Topanga native daughter Lynn Dickhoff was born in 1943 to Katherine and Lee Haines. Katherine was an “almost native” Topangan having arrived in Topanga as an infant with her parents Thomas W. (Bill) and May Kneen in 1915. Thomas W. built a resort called Kneen’s Kamp. The resort’s main house served as the family home, where Lynn grew up with her parents, and siblings Bruce and Carol.

Lynn attended school in Topanga, Canoga Park and the University of California at Santa Barbara. She spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala, and later married Bruce Dickhoff. Lynn and husband Bruce, both former school teachers, travel extensively, and especially enjoy lengthy camping trips. Lynn’s interests include gardening and botanizing, skills that she acquired from her father, a respected professor of botany at Pierce College.

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Picture of the stone arch entrance Thomas W. Kneen built in 1928

Stone arch entrance built by Thomas W. Kneen in 1928, circa 1990.

Picture of Katherine Kneen at Kneen's Kamp

Katherine Kneen at Kneen’s Kamp, circa 1920.


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