South Carolina Picture Project
South Carolina Picture Project

Hemingway Interdenominational Campground — Hemingway, South Carolina

SC Picture Project  |  Williamsburg County  |  Hemingway Interdenominational Campground

18 Best South Carolina Gifts Ever
Hemingway Interdenominational Campground

Methodist campgrounds such as Indian Field, St. Paul, and Cypress Methodist – all in Dorchester County – have remained popular with worshipers since the early 1800s, when people in rural areas gathered to hear circuit-riding preachers deliver sermons. The Hemingway Interdenominational Campground in Williamsburg County is a newer religious campground that follows the traditional centuries-old model of inviting people to abandon the modern world and focus on faith and fellowship in a rural setting.

Hemingway Tabernacle

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Local resident Grace Lewis and her son, Olin, donated 10.2 acres of land in the Pee Dee for use as a faith-based campground for youth in 1961. Soon afterwards, separate girls’ and boys’ dormitories were built, as well as the Grace Lewis Tabernacle, seen above and below. The tabernacle is an open-air worship site with seating for up to 275 people. It was constructed in 1963 from salvaged material taken from the former manse of neighboring Indiantown Presbyterian Church.

Hemingway Campground Tabernacle

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The facility evolved to become a campground for local families wishing to converge annually for a week of spiritual renewal. Each May, a camp meeting, or gathering, is held for five nights and led by a variety of religious leaders, both local and visiting. Programs include worship services, prayer walks, and music. Families stay in the dormitories or rustic cabins, seen below. Four air-conditioned motel rooms are also available. The boys’ dormitory, seen standing behind the cabins in the below photo, is a barracks-style room with 20 beds and a large community bathroom. Like most of the structures at the campground, it is cooled with an exhaust fan and offers only a minimum of amenities.

Hemingway Interdenominational Campground

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Similarly, the girls’ dormitory, seen below, features 17 bedrooms and a total of 15 double beds and 21 single beds on two floors. It also contains four community bathrooms, two on each floor. The facilities, which include a cafeteria, are available for rent during times other than camp meetings for events such as weddings and church retreats. Due of the lack of climate control in most buildings, guests are encouraged to visit during the spring and fall.

Hemingway Campground Dormitory

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Hemingway Interdenominational Campground operates as a nonprofit organization and tithes ten percent of donations to local and international missions. For more than 50 years the campground has provided an idyllic setting for those wishing to let go of daily distractions and focus on faith and community.

Other Early Campgrounds in South Carolina

Hemingway Interdenominational Campground Info

Address: Campground Road, Hemingway, SC 29554
GPS Coordinates: 33.760466,-79.453255

Hemingway Interdenominational Campground Map

Please Share Your Thoughts!

Did you enjoy this page? Do you have any information we should add? Send us your comments below — we can't wait to hear from you!


Join Us on Facebook
Search for Landmarks


Abbeville ACE Basin Adams Run Aiken Allendale Anderson Awendaw Bamberg Banks Barns & Farms Barnwell Batesburg-Leesville Beaches Beaufort Beech Island Belton Bennettsville Bishopville Blackville Bluffton Bridges Bygone Landmarks Camden Carnegie Libraries Cayce Cemeteries Charleston Charleston Navy Base Cheraw Chester Chesterfield Churches Clemson Clinton Clio Colleges Columbia Conway Cordesville Courthouses Darlington Daufuskie Island Denmark Dillon Donalds Easley Edgefield Edisto Elloree Fairfax Florence Folly Beach Forests and Nature Preserves Fort Mill Fountain Inn Gaffney Garden City Beach Georgetown Glenn Springs Graniteville Greeleyville Greenville Greenwood Greer Hamburg Hampton Hardeeville Hartsville Hemingway Hilton Head Historical Photos Historic Houses Honea Path Hopkins Huger Hunting Island Isle of Palms Jails James Island Jamestown Johns Island Johnsonville Johnston Kiawah Island Kingstree Lake City Lake Marion Lakes Lancaster Landrum Latta Laurens Lexington Libraries Lighthouses Little River Manning Marion McClellanville McCormick Military Mills Moncks Corner Mountains Mount Carmel Mount Pleasant Mullins Murrells Inlet Myrtle Beach National Register Newberry Ninety Six North Augusta North Charleston North Myrtle Beach Orangeburg Pacolet Parks Pawleys Island Pendleton Pickens Piers Pinopolis Plantations Pomaria Port Royal Post Offices Ravenel Restaurants Ridge Spring Ridgeway Rivers Roadside Oddities Robert Mills Rock Hill Rockville Rosenwald Schools Salters Saluda Savannah River Site SC Artists SC Heroes of the Alamo Schools Seneca Shrimp Boats Society Hill Spartanburg Sports Springs St. George St. Helena Island St. Matthews Stateburg Stores Sullivan's Island Summerton Summerville Sumter Sunset Sunsets Synagogues Town Clocks Trains & Depots Trees Trenton Troy Turbeville Ulmer Union Wadmalaw Island Walhalla Walterboro Waterfalls Water Towers West Columbia Westminster Winnsboro Woodruff Yemassee York