On an island full of “living history” experiences, without a doubt, one of the more interesting, and certainly one of the most colorful, is the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, or The Campground as it’s known. It combines religious, architectural, cultural and social history — even camping, as the name implies — in a lively 34-acre enclave tucked away just off the hustle and bustle of downtown Oak Bluffs. It’s is an easy and fun addition to the Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List: Discovering The Campground.
A significant chapter in the historic Camp Meeting movement in the 1800’s, where Methodist gatherings around the country literally started as temporary camp-style gatherings in tents. Destinations became more permanent, tents became houses, and on Martha’s Vineyard, the concentric tent encampment became the 300+ colorful Victorian gingerbread cottages that make up today’s Campground. It’s still a vibrant community and a fun one to explore.
Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List: Discovering The Campground – The Tabernacle
What started as the preaching tents in the middle of the Campground in Trinity Park, is today’s massive wrought-iron Tabernacle. Still a vibrant hub of the community and spiritual events on Martha’s Vineyard.
Many of today’s residents are families who’ve been here for generations, actively helping preserve the Campground. As a homeowner, you own your house but lease the land from the Camp Meeting Association. Almost any time of year, you will find visitors exploring the streets and neighborhoods of the Campground. Our own Guinevere Cramer is your guide, as she gets her own first-hand tour from one of the Campground guides.
The Camp Meeting Association offers seasonal tours, but you can explore the Campground anytime on your own. It’s a magical journey through time, and belongs on everyone’s Vineyard Bucket List.
The Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List is our ongoing curated collection of the best Martha’s Vineyard vacation experiences and first-hand travel adventures. From exploring the island by tall ship or biplane to touring its African American Heritage Trail and historic lighthouses to discovering the best beach walks, sunsets, and farm to table adventures, the Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List is your ultimate insider guide. Click here to see the entire library.