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