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More Cabins (2)

A few photographs here adding to the overall series of monochrome rural camp cabins.

More Cabins (2)
More Cabins (2)
More Cabins (2)
More Cabins (2)

This group was taken at the Methodist Campgrounds at Indian Fields, South Carolina.

More Cabins (2)
More Cabins (2)
More Cabins (2)
More Cabins (2)
More Cabins (2)
More Cabins (2)
More Cabins (2)
More Cabins (2)
More Cabins (2)
More Cabins (2)

South Carolina.

Tabernacle Meeting House

We have visited several Methodist Camp Meeting grounds but I think this one is designed the closest to the biblical Israelite camp  descriptions.

Tabernacle Meeting House
Tabernacle Meeting House

The Tabernacle sits in encircled by 99 tents (cabins now).

Tabernacle Meeting House
Tabernacle Meeting House

Preachers ‘riding the circuit’  would give the sermons, attendees stayed in tents as described in the bible. These were known as revival meetings, now called camp meetings.

Tabernacle Meeting House
Tabernacle Meeting House

Every year, no matter pandemic, civil war, other disasters, a week of meetings is held. This included 2020.

If you are a southern Methodist you will have at least heard of revivals still being held. If not, seeing a camp is an extraordinary piece of history. On a shoot once we actually had a private helicopter land in a nearby field when the grounds were spotted from above.

Talk about odd, this Yankee gave a small (respectful) tour of the camp explaining the history.

Tabernacle Meeting House
Tabernacle Meeting House
Tabernacle Meeting House
Tabernacle Meeting House

Indian Fields Camp Ground, South Carolina.

Indian Fields, SC

Since the camp and cabins (tents) here date back to the early 1800’s shooting/publishing in color doesn’t usually fit.

These buildings are raw and the images I shoot when visiting try to reflect that.

Indian Fields, SC
Indian Fields, SC

Inside some of the materials are still from the first build. This section around 1848.

Indian Fields, SC
Indian Fields, SC
Indian Fields, SC
Indian Fields, SC

There are 99 cabins, called tents, laid out to circle a Tabernacle as described in the Bible. At one point I knew the chapter…long gone from my head LOL.

Indian Fields, SC
Indian Fields, SC

There was still a camp meeting in 2020.

The Old Stove Pipes

Old rusted stove pipes always get my attention, it’s a throw back to the way things were. Except in these places. Here they are for cooking, heating, and living when in the cabins.

The Old Stove Pipes
The Old Stove Pipes

I am of that ‘age’ where I know how it feels to touch one, when you shouldn’t.

The Old Stove Pipes
The Old Stove Pipes
The Old Stove Pipes
The Old Stove Pipes

Times have changed and now I see them for how well they age and color in photographs.

A small slice of America, Indian Fields Methodist Camp.

A Visit To Shady Grove

Shady Grove is a United Methodist Campground church meeting grounds. Similar to the Cypress and Indian Field sights. However Shady Grove was founded after the Civil War in 1870. The others are older, from the late 1700’s.

As with other Methodist Campgrounds meetings (revivals) are still held each year.

A Visit To Shady Grove
A Visit To Shady Grove

Shady Grove is on land given to a group of newly freed African American slaves in exchange for help harvesting a rice plantation.

A Visit To Shady Grove
A Visit To Shady Grove

Shady Grove has a history of troubles. In 1958, 1969, and 1978 the buildings were destroyed by fire. In 1991 the camp was rebuilt and is now the largest of their kind.

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The Methodist Campgrounds have been the source for numerous articles here.

To view additional Campgrounds please click the ‘Tag’ below marked Camp. The articles will be displayed…enjoy it’s a fascinating trip.