Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting
Martha’s Vineyard is home to a historical campground meeting place. It has a rich history and I thought it would be fun to learn more about it. I love the old cottages with the interesting architecture.
The first campmeeting in what became known as Wesleyan Grove was held in 1835. In subsequent years the congregations grew enormously, and many of the thousands in attendance were housed in large tents known as “society tents.” A congregation from a church on the mainland would maintain its own society tent. Conditions were cramped, with men and women sleeping dormitory-style on opposite sides of a central canvas divider. Society tents were arranged in a semicircle on Trinity Park.
The society tent of the Warren (Rhode Island)
Methodist Church, 1873