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Mt. Carmel: Mt. Carmel Campground Visitation for Business

Melissa Billey, Project Manager – melissa.a.billey@gmail.com

November 5, 2018

MT. CARMEL ‚ÄĒ The Mt. Carmel Campground Visit was held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, from 4:00PM-6:00PM. The event began at McAllister‚Äôs Home Furnishings and More, and then traveled to the Mt. Carmel Campground. The event was led by Wilder Ferreira, Freshwater Coast Center for Rural Development.¬† Wes McAllister, McAllister‚Äôs Home Furnishings and More, and Scott Hyatt, US Army Corps of Engineers, also spoke during the event.

Mt. Carmel Campground is an awesome opportunity.  It sits on the J. Strom Thurmond Lake; and at 175 acres of land, this area is just waiting to have new life revitalized into it.  Mt. Carmel Campground was closed in 2013.  The Freshwater Coast Community Foundation (FCCF) and the US Army Corps of Engineers are looking for an entity to redevelop this area as a new Family Outdoor Center, an outdoor recreation area, or a resort style recreation area, but it must be relative to water-based recreation. The US Army Corps of Engineers will review proposals for the lease to see that they follow the master plan of outdoor recreation.  The Mt. Carmel Campground just needs a new vision, which could be yours, to get use.

I toured the Mt. Carmel Campground during the visit and let me just say as an outdoors person and photographer, it is beautiful.  I could have spent hours there just photographing the landscape and enjoying nature.  I could easily picture family reunion picnics, weddings, fishing with the kids, or just sitting out under the stars relaxing in the evening at the Mt. Carmel Campground.  It is truly a remarkable area with a gorgeous lake.  Walking the property was even more relaxing.  This is an awesome opportunity that could become a wonderful endeavor for the right person or people.

You can contact the US Army Corps of Engineers for more information about this opportunity.  The contact information is, Scott Hyatt, Operations Project Manager, (864)333-1100, or you can email him at Scott.M.Hyatt2@usace.army.mil.  You can also visit the US Army Corps of Engineers on the web at www.corpslakes.us/Thurmond.

Mt. Carmel Campground, picnic area overlooking J. Strom Thurmond Lake, October 10, 2018.

Mt. Carmel: McAllister’s Home Furnishings & More

Melissa Billey, Project Manager – melissa.a.billey@gmail.com

August 15, 2018

MT. CARMEL ‚ÄĒ Where can you go to find beautiful furniture and home furnishings?¬† McAllister‚Äôs Home Furnishings & More in Mt. Carmel, South Carolina.¬† Where can you go to learn about the history of the Mt. Carmel area?¬† McAllister‚Äôs Home Furnishings & More in Mt. Carmel, South Carolina.¬† Whether you are looking for a new living room suit, a new dining room table, or some decorations to finish off a room; McAllister‚Äôs Home Furnishings & More has it.

Recently, I was lucky enough to get the chance to sit down with Wes McAllister and speak to him about his family’s business and the area that they call home.  Amazingly, McAllister’s Home Furnishings & More has been passed down through four generation of the McAllister Family.  That is a huge accomplishment for a business to be around 130 years.  That is a good indicator that what they are doing at their business is working.

The buildings on the property site have a wonderful history in themselves.  The main building for McAllister’s Furnishings & More was originally the Pharmacy in Mt. Carmel.  Right next to the Pharmacy was the building where you could rent mules; this became the livery stables at a later date.  Located across the street is the building that housed the bank for the town.  At the rear of the property is where the railroad brought in the goods by train to the town.  Amazing piece of history for this town.  The buildings still have their charm; and as you walk through them shopping and admiring the furniture, you can envision the history inside each building.

McAllister’s Home Furnishings & More is open Monday through Friday, 10:00AM-5:00PM, closed Wednesdays and Sundays, and open Saturday from 10:00AM-1:00PM.  You may contact McAllister’s Home Furnishings & More to set up an appointment that would be more convenient for you by calling or emailing.  Please visit their website at www.mcallistershomefurnishings.com for more information.

Wes McAllister and Lucky at McAllister’s Home Furnishings & More, July 30, 2018.

McCormick: Mt. Carmel Small Group Committee Meeting

Melissa Billey, Project Manager – melissa.a.billey@gmail.com

February 27, 2018

MCCORMICK ‚ÄĒ A meeting of the Mt. Carmel Small Group Committee was held on February 27, 2018, at 11:00AM at the McCormick County Chamber of Commerce, 100 South Main Street, McCormick, SC 29835.¬† Wilder Ferreira, FCCF; Matt Wiggins; Mark Davis, Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism; Scott Hyatt, US Army Corps of Engineers; Charlotte Tallent, McCormick County Chamber of Commerce; Mike and Geri Regan, McAllister‚Äôs Home Furnishings & More, were in attendance.¬† Wilder Ferreira led the meeting.

¬†The ‚ÄúFriends of the Mt. Carmel Campground‚ÄĚ discussed the repurposing of the campground, and it‚Äôs potential.¬† This will be an incredible investment opportunity for outdoor professionals.¬† This investment will lead to many opportunities also for the surrounding area as the ‚Äúnew‚ÄĚ Mt. Carmel Campground is utilized to attract hundreds of families to the Mt. Carmel area.¬† Mt. Carmel Campground was opened in 1967, but unfortunately closed in 2013.¬†

 The committee reviewed how Mt. Carmel Campground will be marketed with incentives to potential investors.  Each person there brought up many positive key points about the campground and the possibilities it has in the future.  Some preliminary plans were discussed to assist in the beautification of the area along with some community partnerships that could be utilized during this process of seeking an investor.

 An abundance of opportunities await an investor.  The next step of finding that investor is in the works.  The potential is there.  It can be seen.  It is just finding the right entity with the same vision and desire for Mt. Carmel Campground.

McCormick: Mt. Carmel Small Group Committee Meeting. Wilder Ferreira, FCCF; Matt Wiggins; Mark Davis, Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism; Scott Hyatt, US Army Corps of Engineers; Charlotte Tallent, McCormick County Chamber of Commerce; Mike and Geri Regan, McAllister’s Home Furnishings & More, discussing the Mt. Carmel Campground.