About Asbury Grove

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The Grove was a Christian campground in the 1800's - and it still is!

"Asbury Grove was established in 1859 as a seasonal camp meeting ground serving Methodist congregations from the Lynn and Boston districts. As the site of open-air religious revivals, where participants took part in a week of intensive religious contemplation, Asbury Grove was one of several thousand meeting grounds designed for this purpose in the 19th century. Today, it is among the approximately 100 meeting grounds nationwide that remain intact and continue to hold regular summer meetings. Originally, no permanent manmade structures were allowed on the site: the campground was laid out with 40 large tents encircling a pulpit and seating area. But beginning in 1875, the tents were replaced by more permanent wooden structures, five of which remain today. The area also includes 153 modest cottages, some of which retain fanciful wooden ornamentation. A handful of dormitories, built by church societies from the member towns, also survive, as does a chapel built in 1884. A library, dining hall, and bakery, all constructed in the early 20th century, remain communal spaces serving residents. The 1894 Tabernacle, the large, open-sided worship space, has recently been restored. Celebrating its sesquicentennial in 2009, the campground continues to function to this day as the site of annual Christian meetings for Methodists as well as other denominations." {Hamilton Wenham Chronicle, September 18, 2009}

Desiring to record this long and significant history and not lose it to future generations, the Asbury Grove Historical Society (AGHS) was formed. Along with its board, administrative staff and a myriad of volunteers, the AGHS has been blessed to make real progress in areas of building restoration, recording and archiving of data, including fascinating photos, a museum, and formulating its many goals under the greater Asbury Grove's parameters.

This is the Asbury Grove Historical Society Purpose >

The "Grove" is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. See certificate >

ANNUAL LETTERS (click on each to view pdf)









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