Reading Room: Camp Meeting, 1855

By 1855 the camp meeting had become an event of great importance to many. An editor of one of the Washington newspapers happened to pass Foundry one August evening that year. He found extensive preparations underway for the camp in Montgomery County. Wagons and carts were being loaded with boxes, bales and beds. "Babies and light ware" were to be taken the next morning.

The editor wished them all "a refreshing season" and complete freedom from the "ills that must, to some extent, attend large and promiscuous assemblies."


This article, originally titled "Going to a Camp Meeting" is provided and used with permission from Papers of Homer Calkin, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.