Camp Washington-Carver was one of the most ambitious Depression-era projects in West Virginia. Established as the nation's first 4-H camp for blacks, it was the counterpart to the state's 4-H camp at Jackson's Mill in Lewis County. Legislation of 1937 that created the camp specified that it be a unit of the agricultural extension service of West Virginia State College at Institute. Dedicated June 26, 1942, to jointly honor Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver, in its prime the camp annually provided training for 1,600 youths in agriculture, conservation, home economics, and 4-H principles. Until 1978, the West Virginia State College administered the camp, which was transferred to the Department of Culture and History a year later. The lodge, renovated in 1984, currently hosts theatrical and musical events during the summer months and serves as a conference center.
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