Camp Washington-Carver Complex

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Camp Washington-Carver Complex
Camp Washington-Carver - Great Chestnut Lodge.jpg
Great Chestnut Lodge in July 2014
Camp Washington-Carver Complex is located in West Virginia
Camp Washington-Carver Complex
Camp Washington-Carver Complex is located in the United States
Camp Washington-Carver Complex
LocationCounty Route 11/3, near Clifftop, West Virginia
Coordinates38°0′36″N 80°58′14″W / 38.01000°N 80.97056°W / 38.01000; -80.97056Coordinates: 38°0′36″N 80°58′14″W / 38.01000°N 80.97056°W / 38.01000; -80.97056
Area30 acres (12 ha)
Architectural styleOther, Log construction
NRHP reference #80004017[1]
Added to NRHPJune 20, 1980

Camp Washington-Carver Complex, also known as West Virginia 4-H Camp for Negroes, is a historic camp and national historic district located near Clifftop, Fayette County, West Virginia. The district encompasses four contributing buildings and two contributing structures, the most notable being the Great Chestnut Lodge, a log building of unusual size and structural character. It is the largest log structure built entirely of chestnut in West Virginia. It was built in 1941-1942, and is a 1 1/2 story building in the form of a modified Latin cross with a gabled block (Assembly Hall) and a gabled wing or ell (Dining Hall). Also on the property are a log cottage (1940), two frame dormitories (1942), a water tower (1940), and a small pond (1940). The camp was established by an act of the West Virginia legislature in 1937, and developed as a project of the Works Progress Administration starting in 1939.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Rodney S. Collins and C.E. Turley (April 1980). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Camp Washington-Carver Complex" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-07-31.

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