In 1598, King Henry IV of France issued the Edict of Nantes, granting certain rights and protections to the Huguenots. This edict was revoked by Louis XIV in 1685, prompting an exodus of Huguenots from France.
Above is an example of the private box design for family pews of the time. Most of the old Charleston churches include this.
We have visited several Methodist Camp Meeting grounds but I think this one is designed the closest to the biblical Israelite camp descriptions.
The Tabernacle sits in encircled by 99 tents (cabins now).
Preachers ‘riding the circuit’ would give the sermons, attendees stayed in tents as described in the bible. These were known as revival meetings, now called camp meetings.
Every year, no matter pandemic, civil war, other disasters, a week of meetings is held. This included 2020.
If you are a southern Methodist you will have at least heard of revivals still being held. If not, seeing a camp is an extraordinary piece of history. On a shoot once we actually had a private helicopter land in a nearby field when the grounds were spotted from above.
Talk about odd, this Yankee gave a small (respectful) tour of the camp explaining the history.
At the right time I find this beautiful site to be haunting. Actually there is a story that has been repeated for 200+ years of a young girl tied to a tree over night by a ‘fire and brimstone’ preacher as punishment. The preacher was run out of the area, little girl survived but still roams the churchyard at night. I didn’t see her.
This chapel has survived the revolution and civil war.
The original family still owns and maintains the property. People from nearby plantations attended services here since the Anglican Church was too far.
A book, ‘Slaves In The Family’, written a few years ago has been a best seller and documents the history here in a narrative. The ruins of the Ball family plantation is just down the river here in the woods. Photos of ‘Commingtee’ plantation are also published on this web site.
There are other chapels like this around the coast, but most are ruins. I can’t help but visit here periodically for a few photos.