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"Big Spring" at the Campground
"Big Spring" was the reason the meeting site was selected in 1831, and it served as the campground's sole water source until 1984. Photo: Gene Morris, Jr.

Shingleroof Camp Meeting

This project documents ten generations of worship in the pioneer tradition in Henry County, Georgia. Established by Methodists in 1831, today's camp meeting at Shingleroof has an ecumenical character, with roots in the ancient Jewish Holy Week of Sukot. Social and recreational as much as religious in nature, the camp meeting with its informal setting has met with controversy ever since its beginnings in the nineteenth century. The 48 pages of text submitted explore this history in depth. Photographs, including some archival images, also document the flavor of Shingleroof, where a thousand or more people may be heard singing such old hymns as "When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder" in the tabernacle. The current tabernacle was built in 1910 and has served for nearly 90 camp meetings.

Originally submitted by: Mac Collins, Representative (3rd District).

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