Martin Miller sent in a few photos taken at the Airstream rally this November that give a nice tour of the camping area and group facilities.  You can see from his pictures that the cove really is designed with group events in mind.  (As if thirty years of hosting rallies hadn’t already made that point.)  The curious thing — what I love about the cove — is that it is designed so that a lot of people can get together and enjoy the peace and quiet.  Pretty rare in a group-event destination.   In a future post I might talk some more about how this works, from an architectural standpoint.  For now, just enjoy Mr. Miller’s photos:

photo of the camping area by Martin Miller

photo of the camping area by Martin Miller

This one is a view of the camping area as taken from the picnic shelter.  The picnic shelter sits on a rise at the edge of woods, and is open on three sides, so it stays shaded and catches the afternoon breezes.  Pleasant sitting all season.  There are a few short trails in the woods, and then for those who like to walk, the traffic circle gets virtually no traffic and therefore serves as a walking loop, or you can do a wider loop around the perimeter of the campground (including wooded and open areas) if you like some solitude while you exercise.  I recommend either.

photo of dining hall by Martin Miller

photo of dining hall by Martin Miller

Here you can see the Palmetto Hall dining area, which gives an idea of how many people can gather in the largest of the two indoor buildings.  There is a full kitchen designed for cooking for large group events, and as you can see there is small stage with podium, piano, and yes those are hymnals on the bookshelf next to the piano if your group does a church service.  (Palmetto Cove is not affiliated with any religion, though many groups do include a non-denominational worship time Sunday morning as part of their events.  And others don’t.  I think the hymnals were chosen based on Who Gave Us Them For Free.)  There is also a little laundromat in the building, and the office area.

photo of the old barn by Martin Miller

photo of the old barn by Martin Miller

This is the old barn on the property, still in use.  Legend behind it is that the owner of the land (a farmer) wanted to marry a certain woman.  She told him she wouldn’t unless he had a barn.  So he built the barn.  And then she married him.  (And we remain grateful for her insistence on this point.)  The barn is not open to visiting (unless you are doing maintenance work – volunteers accepted), but the historic cemetery on the site is open for visits when the park is open.

photo of mountains and camping area by Martin Miller

photo of mountains and camping area by Martin Miller

Here’s another view of the camping area, the mountains, and the fall foliage along the road.  Love those colors.  And note the blue sky.  Fall is a really good time to visit the area.   Thanks to Mr. Miller for sending in the photos!

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