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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