Camp Meeting Grounds

Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

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Now the liveliest island town, with the most nightclubs and fast food shops, ironically, oak Bluffs originated as a place to pray, not play. in 1835, members of the Methodist Church began meeting in what was then known as Cottage City. each August a small group pitched their tents in the campground, relaxed during the day, and attended nightly prayer meetings. Fifty years later, the town had turned into a full-fledged resort. To preserve their tightly-knit religious community with the church as its central focus, the Camp Meeting Association members built Victorian-era ornately trimmed, brightly colored homes, around the Tabernacle.
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Discover Matha's Vineyard

by Lee Sinai (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Now the liveliest island town, with the most nightclubs and fast food shops, ironically, oak Bluffs originated as a place to pray, not play. in 1835, members of the Methodist Church began meeting in what was then known as Cottage City. each August a small group pitched their tents in the campground, relaxed during the day, and attended nightly prayer meetings.

Fifty years later, the town had turned into a full-fledged resort. To preserve their tightly-knit religious community with the church as its central focus, the Camp Meeting Association members built Victorian-era ornately trimmed, brightly colored homes, around the Tabernacle.

©  Lee Sinai/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Oak Bluffs
Distance: 1.3
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Camp Meeting Grounds

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May 2018