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Camp Washington-Carver

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Presented by The West Virginia Division of Culture and History


Camp Washington-Carver

Camp Washington-Carver is a beautiful retreat listed on the National Register of Historic Places. More than 10,000 people attended events this year at the camp, which serves as the state's mountain cultural arts center. Each season features events chosen to preserve the arts and traditions of yesterday while perpetuating those of today.

The facility nurtures the cultural heritage embodied in the site since its dedication in 1942 as a 4-H camp for West Virginia's African-American youth. Programs like the African-American Heritage Arts Camp and the Appalachian String Band Festival, along with the camp's Great Chestnut Lodge, the largest log structure of its kind in the world, make this site a favorite place for Mountain State festivities.

Camp Washington-Carver, a Mountain Cultural Arts Center located at Clifftop in Fayette County, West Virginia, programs a summer season of events from music concerts to theater. The facility may also be rented for family reunions, company picnics, weddings and other private activities.

View a Virtual Museum Exhibit on the camp at Marshall University's web site.

Download the National Register of Historic Places nomination form for Camp Washington-Carver (1MB Acrobat PDF)


Our Location

We are located in southern West Virginia near Babcock State Park.
We are accessible from I-64, I-77 and I-79.

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GPS Coordinates:
38o034N 80o5813W

Camp Washington-Carver

HC 35, Box 5 * Clifftop WV 25831
304-438-3005

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Roadmap to Clifftop

Interstate directions to Camp Washington-Carver

Traveling South on I-79, take US 19 South Exit 57 (approx 35 miles) to US 60 East, Midland Trail (14 miles) to WV Route 41 South to Clifftop (1.5 miles)

Traveling East on I-64, take Exit 96 US 60 East, Midland Trail, to WV Route 41 South to Clifftop

Traveling West on I-64, from I-81 take the Sam Black Church Exit 156, to US 60 West, Midland Trail (35 miles) to WV Route 41 South to Clifftop (1.5 miles)

Traveling North on I-77, take North Beckley Exit 48, US 19 to US 60, Midland Trail Highway. Take US 60 East and Route 41 South to Clifftop

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