Tattnall Camp Ground, 1867

Tattnall Campground GA Tabernacle Religious Folklife Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Camp grounds and tabernacles of this sort were once so common in Georgia that the phrase “at a Georgia camp meeting” was known the world over as an indication of religious fervor. Today, about thirty remain throughout the state. Tattnall County pioneer William Eason Tippins donated the land for the Camp Ground in 1867. The first trustees were: A. D. Eason; L. A. H. Tippins; Martin G. Tootle; D. H. Smith; J. J. Grooms; William Harden; and W. J. Jordan.

Tattnall County GA Campground Tabernacle Historic Marker Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The present tabernacle is not the original, though it is built in a similar style. It’s one of the neatest such camp grounds I’ve seen in my travels and it’s obvious how much pride the members take in the place.

Tattnall County GA Campground Tabernacle Altar Pulpit Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The interior of the tabernacle features lights and ceiling fans, a nice improvement over the old days.

Tattnall County GA Campground Tabernacle Pews Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Tents of the Tattnall Camp Ground

Tents Vernacular Houses Tattnall County Campground GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The term “tents” is used to describe the small vernacular cabins that surround the tabernacle, a reference to the early days when actual tents were used. Most of these structures are quite modest, though they generally feature modern conveniences today. They are owned by member families and usually passed from generation to generation.

Tattnall Campground Vernacular Tents Dogtrot Cabin Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Tattnall Campground GA Tents Religious Landmark Folklife Old Time Religion Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Tattnall Campground GA Old Cabin Tent Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Tattnall County GA Campground Tents Vernacular Cabins Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Tattnall Campground GA Tent Interior Vernacular Architecture Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Tattnall County GA Campground Tabernacle Reverend William Eason Memorial Local Founder of Methodism Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

A monument beside one of the tents is dedicated to Reverend William Eason, the founder of Methodism in Tattnall County. It lists the children (and spouses) of Reverend Eason and his wife, Sarah Mattox Eason: Nancy – Died Young; Mary E. – William Tippins; Elijah – Died Young; Elizabeth – Dr. Daniel Sikes; Michael M. – Nancy James; Jane – Died Young; George – Died Young; Sarah Miriam – Elijah H. Mattox; William – Harriet Hurst; Abraham D. – Susan Tillman.

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8 responses to “Tattnall Camp Ground, 1867

  1. Paula Todd

    Great report on our beautiful campground! We are observing 150 years this campmeeting. We will have a sing on Saturday July 15th featuring The Chuckwagon Gang and The Perrys beginning at 7pm. Services begin on the 16th at 7:30 and continue through the week at 11 am and 7:30 pm. Come join us!

  2. I’m a granddaughter of Michael W. Eason, and grew up attending Camp Meeting at this campground, in our tent. Truly, all the wonderful things said about tabernacles and camp meetings here are well-said. Camp Meeting is still held at the Tatnall Campground, annually. The memories of camp meeting are the basis of the best part of my childhood.

  3. Elizabeth

    I have actually never heard of one of these(I’m only 22!) but it is so neat! I would love to go to a good camp meeting at one of these. I wonder if they still use this for anything?

  4. Victor McGough

    I attended services at the Dooly County campgrounds on several occasions. I was a kid then spending the summer with my aunt in Lily. The campground is located between Vienna & Lily. The pictures you posted look very much like the campground in Dooly County, including the out buildings. I remember the first time I was there , there was a pot luck after with lots of good food. Thanks for all the childhood memories. I have been back as an adult and it still is in good shape.

  5. John Clark

    Thanks! This brought back memories of the old “Gaskin Springs Campground” in Coffee County, where my grand mother and grand father May and Tom Griffin had a “tent”. Keep it up! John Clark

    Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 23:35:36 +0000 To: johnclark90@hotmail.com

  6. Wendell Theus

    Hi Brian, Great photos. What a fantastic place, never had heard of this camp ground. Sure hope this place is kept up (long time-so far). It is a pleasure just to know it exists. Thank YOU !!

  7. These pictures are awesome. Love the history with them.

  8. ben dooley

    Precious memories Brian. As a kid I ate lots of fried chicken and listened to some pretty good preachers at Mossy Creek campground near Cleveland. A good possibility for your new North GA edition.

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