Asbury Grove Methodist Camp Meeting, Hamilton MA

Stories From Ipswich and the North Shore

Asbury Grove Hamilton MAThe Asbury Grove Methodist Camp Meeting on Asbury St. n Hamilton is listed in the National Register of Historic Districts, and has a collection of historic buildings that were built between 1870 and 1960. The land is owned by the Association, while the houses owned individually by the residents.

12,000 people, most from Boston, attended the first camp meeting in 1859. A pulpit and wooden benches were erected in a pine grove and guests slept in large tents on  platforms, but these gave way to over 300 cottages constructed by the beginning of the 20th Century. The site included a chapel, library, dining hall, hotel, bakery, post office and even its own jail.

At its height in the late 1800’s, trains arrived with visitors up to a dozen times a day.Society moved away from the religious fervency of the 18th and 19th centuries, and the camp meeting declined. A fire in 1927 destroyed many of the buildings, but the…

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