ASBURY GROVE HISTORY
Asbury Grove was founded in 1859 as a seasonal “camp meeting” ground serving Methodist congregations from Boston and northeastern Massachusetts districts. The annual Camp Meeting Week, held each August, continues to be the core purpose of Asbury Grove. Today, Christians of many denominations participate in summer and year-round activities, finding opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship, and recreation. Our location in scenic Hamilton, MA, offers close access to the sea coast towns, beaches, and cultural attractions of this region.
Throughout the 1800s, many open-air camp meeting grounds were established, and Asbury Grove became one of the largest. Over 20,000 people attended services each summer in the peak years. The National Register of Historic Places has listed Asbury Grove in recognition of the religious, architectural, and cultural significance of its long history.
Asbury Grove’s initial “pitch tent” accommodations of the 1860s quickly grew into a village of charming Victorian cottages and community buildings on 83 wooded acres. These original structures offer today’s residents and visitors a window to the past while providing a delightful setting for daily life and special events. Visitors are welcome to explore Asbury Grove and check listings of cottages for rent or sale.