Sunday, October 14, 2007
Sussex County First Camp Meeting
The camp ground was in the grove about 150 yards from the church. About an acre was enclosed by cutting small saplings and wattling them between and binding them to the trees with white oak splits, and then working in brush, in such a manner that neither man nor beast could get through, or over the fence thus made.
In front of the enclosure there was a large entrance gate, guarded by day and by night, and a guard house, in which all offenders were securely placed. In the rear was an alley, a hundred yards long, leading to an half acre, all enclosed like the main camp ground, which none but ladies were permitted to enter.
The tents were shaped like the top of a covered wagen. Two rows of hoop poles were driven in the ground, say ten feet apart and opposite one another. The tops were then brought together and confined with a split. Sheets spread over these and straw spread on the floor, completed the tent.
The furniture consisted of a chest or box which served for storeroom, cupboard, table, and chairs. Thus our fathers worshipped in the tented grove.