Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Mt. Carmel Campground

Marker ID: SCHM 29-13
Location: about 1.6 miles S of Cauthen Crossroads on Road 19
County: Lancaster
Style: Free Standing **


Mt. Carmel Campground According to local tradition, this African Methodist Episcopal Zion Campground was established c.1870. Instrumental in organizing the campground was former slave Isom Caleb Clinton, who was ordained Bishop of the church in 1892. Through the years the campground has flourished; hundreds now participate in the annual ecumenical encampment.

Mt. Carmel A.M.E.Z. Campground was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Frederick A. Clinton (1834-1890), organizer and lifetime trustee ofMt. Carmel, brother of Bishop I. C. Clinton and the first Lancaster County black elected to the S.c. Senate (1870-1877), is buried here.

Erected by Mt. Carmel A.M.E. Zion Church - 1981