Camp Meeting History

In the Grove

Another week has passed, and the readers of the Gazette will probably expect something from the Grove.

One Hundred Fifty Years of Keeping the Camp Meeting Faith

One hundred fifty years ago this year, by an act of the Massachusetts legislature, the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association was incorporated to manage what had become one of the largest camp meetings in New England.

History Week Celebrates Oak Bluffs

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association the association is hosting History Week beginning on Sunday, July 29.

Camp Meeting

“Hear ye! Hear ye! Hear ye!,” shouted the town crier after ringing a large brass bell at the end of Pier 44, Vineyard Haven.

Building Community Through Song

On a recent Wednesday evening over 200 people followed the winding paths of the Camp Ground to the Trinity Park Tabernacle for the Community Sing, a tradition for more than 100 years.

New Camp Ground Director Has Long History in Hospitality

After a long career in hospitality CJ Rivard is the new executive director of the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association.

Seats of History: If These Chairs and Benches Could Talk

For many Islanders, the chairs and benches at the Oak Bluffs Tabernacle are synonymous with the place itself. Now the iconic 19th century seating will be restored.

Camp Ground Pink House Is One of a Kind

The famous Pink House on the grounds of the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association is once again for sale. It is the most photographed of all the many photogenic houses in the Camp Ground.

Life's a Porch in the Oak Bluffs Camp Ground

On a summer day in Oak Bluffs, Circuit avenue can sometimes feel like a circus. If you’re looking for some relief from the hot pavement and bustling crowds, follow the road down to the end of the main shopping area and turn right. You’ll stumble into Wesleyan Grove, a shady oasis filled with colorful cottages pulled straight from the pages of a storybook. This is the Camp Ground of the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association.

Beating Back the Ravages of Nature on This Old House is a Bittersweet Tale

Over the years I have wondered what form the end will take for our Camp Ground cottage. Since I began seeing the cottage through adult eyes, I’ve eyed it with the trepidation of watching a truck turn off Main street in Vineyard Haven. It’s not going to make it.

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