Indian Fields Campground in Dorchester County was more than 100 years old when it was photographed here by Carl Metz in the late 1940s. The central "arbor" (see Camp Welfare) was surrounded by cottages; the photographer noted that 1,200 people filled the tabernacle three times daily to hear guest speakers. At such camp meetings, for one or two weeks in the fall, families came just before the harvest for courting, praying, and feasting. The revivals were one of the biggest and liveliest social events of the year for many rural families.
Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library.