Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Camp Meeting, Part II

Yesterday I shared recollections of a Methodist preacher about his first camp meeting, a revival that commenced July 10, 1873 on Ocracoke Island, and lasted four days. Three services were held each day, and one each night. Rev. Nash says it was a "never-to-be-forgotten experience" and that "there were a number of preachers present."

An August, 1873 article in a Goldsboro, North Carolina newspaper, the Goldsboro Messenger, had this perspective on the Ocracoke revival: "At the recent camp meeting on Ocracoke Island, 3,000 persons and 10 ministers attended. Out of this crowd only 5 persons professed religion."

It seems as if the sons and daughters of buccaneers and renegades were slow to embrace holiness.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott, direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm.

1 comment:

  1. Only five out of 3000? How could that be with 10 ministers doing their work? Skeptical and independent folk. Another reason to love Ocracoke.