Ridgeville in Dorchester County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Cypress Methodist Camp Ground
This camp ground, dating to 1794, is one of the oldest in S.C. Francis Asbury (1745-1816), circuit rider and the first Methodist bishop in America, preached here in 1794, 1799, 1801, and twice in 1803. The camp ground is supported by five local communities: Givhans, Lebanon, New Hope, Ridgeville, and Zion.
“Tents,” or rough-hewn cabins, form a rectangle around the “tabernacle,” the open-sided shelter where services are held. The cemetery nearby includes graves as early as 1821. This camp ground, in session the week ending the fourth Sunday in October, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Erected 2009 by The Upper Dorchester County Historical Society. (Marker Number 18-14.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher marker series.
Location. 33° 6.204′ N, 80° 16.397′ W. Marker is in Ridgeville, South Carolina, in Dorchester County. Marker is on Cypress Campground Road near Myers Mayo Road (South Carolina Highway 18-182). Touch for map. Located at the Center of the Campground, between U.S. Hwy. 78 and I-26. Marker is in this post office area: Ridgeville SC 29472, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Ridgeville (approx. 2.5 miles away); Berkeley County (approx. 3.1 miles away); Moorefield Memorial Highway, (Southern Terminus) (approx. 5.2 miles away); Revolutionary War Cannon (approx. 5.3 miles away); Four Holes Swamp (approx. 5.3 miles away); Four Holes Swamp Bridge / Harley's Tavern (approx. 5.3 miles away); Wassamassaw (approx. 7 miles away); Dorchester (approx. 7.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ridgeville.
Regarding Cypress Methodist Camp Ground. Cypress Methodist Camp Ground is one of only a few campgrounds in South Carolina which, up until the time of its nomination, continues to host annual week-long camp meetings—a vestige of the Great Awakening in American religious life in the nineteenth century. Cypress is significant for its association with Francis Asbury, pioneer of American Methodism, and for its long, uninterrupted use as a site of revivalism for almost 200 years. The campground is in the general shape of a rectangle of 34 tents, or cabins, made of rough-hewn lumber. These cabins, rectangular shaped, are generally 1½ stories and contain earthen floors. The typical floor plan features a hall extending the length of the cabin with as many as three rooms on the opposite side. The second story is accessible
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