Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents - click to enlarge

Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents

Indian Field Campground, in South Carolina, is a camp meeting site. The design is based on an octagon of 99 tents (wooden) surrounding an open air tabernacle. This layout is based on a description in Leviticus, the old testament bible. (click to view tabernacle article)

Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents - click to enlarge
Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents – click to enlarge

Walking towards the tabernacle in the center you get a feeling of how large this really is.

Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents - click to enlarge
Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents – click to enlarge

Above is taken from outside the octagon, the back of the tents. Here are open air kitchens and sitting areas.

Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents - click to enlarge
Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents – click to enlarge

Tents are close together. Again, the back area here. Community interaction is an important part of this once a year gathering.

Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents - click to enlarge
Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents – click to enlarg

A circular road runs around the campground. The far side has the all important ‘private privy’

Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents - click to enlarge
Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents – click to enlarge

The tents vary in size. The single-story preacher’s cabin is larger and taller than the other cabins. It has a four-panel door flanked by two-over-two light windows.

Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents - click to enlarge
Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents – click to enlarge

This camp, the newer one, was built in 1848. The convenience of a wagon (now small car) trail is spaced around the octagon. The first Indian Field Campground was held on a farm in the late 18th century. It was probably located near the first church building. 1801 was the first camp, one has been held every year since.

 

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