The Tabernacle At Indian Field Campground - click to enlarge

The Tabernacle At Indian Field Campground

I had seen other photographers work of this location, I was not prepared for what I found. Mine will probably fall short of it’s simple grandeur.

The Tabernacle At Indian Field Campground - click to enlarge
The Tabernacle At Indian Field Campground – click to enlarge

Religious camp meetings are the ‘ole time revival’ tent meetings. Only a permanent location. The first camp meeting here was held nearby in Indians Fields, 1801. This campground was built and first used in 1848. Since then it has held camp a week out of every year (it was shorter during the civil war, people were busy).

The Tabernacle At Indian Field Campground - click to enlarge
The Tabernacle At Indian Field Campground – click to enlarge

The tabernacle is a wooden pavilion (new roof) that seats 1,000 people, in the center of an octagon. It is surrounded by 99 wooden ‘tents’.  The camp design and layout follows the old testament book of Leviticus, ’99 wood tents and a tabernacle’.

The Tabernacle At Indian Field Campground - click to enlarge
The Tabernacle At Indian Field Campground – click to enlarge

The campground was placed on the US National Register Of Historic Places in 1973.

The Tabernacle At Indian Field Campground - click to enlarge
The Tabernacle At Indian Field Campground – click to enlarge

The grounds are in a very rural location. A circular dirt road winds around the camp. If you look at these photographs (and more to come) you will see everything is open, no walls, high rafter ceilings. The floors are straw / dirt.

Now… there was not a single birds nest, spider web, dust, or any type of animal to be seen. This is in the woods. The local Methodist church must clean and maintain every building, constantly.

The Tabernacle At Indian Field Campground - click to enlarge
The Tabernacle At Indian Field Campground – click to enlarge

I’m not sure how big the overall camp is, but huge works for me.

 

6 thoughts on “The Tabernacle At Indian Field Campground”

    1. Camp meeting is a once a year, every year thing. In use now since 1848 with no misses, just not a full week in around 1862 – 1865, the civil war years. I have many more shots of the wooden ‘tent’ buildings. An incredible find. We knew of it, but stumbled on the location Sunday.

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