Details for Meredith Campground and Tabernacle (Atlas Number 5213010367)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5213010367


Marker Number 10367
Atlas Number 5213010367
Marker Title Meredith Campground and Tabernacle
Index Entry Meredith Campground and Tabernacle
City Athens
County Henderson
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 229575
UTM Northing 3582131
Subject Codes graveyards; camp meetings; eccesiastical buildings; churches
Marker Year 1991
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location take SH 19 9 miles north to CR 3900; go west and north 3 mi. to CR 3901; go west on CR 3901 to marker
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text North Carolina native Eber Meredith, his wife Caroline (Ross), and their four children moved to this area of Henderson County in the 1850s. Eber Meredith bought 320 acres of land in 1859 and purchased an additional 160 acres four years later. In 1875 a schoolhouse was built near the Meredith home. A Methodist church was organized under a brush arbor near the schoolhouse in 1876, and in 1878 Eber Meredith officially deeded ten acres of land for the church. An open-air tabernacle was built that same year, and the first annual camp meeting was held in the summer. The church and camp meeting became known throughout East Texas, and in some years attracted crowds of as many as 2,000 people. One of the area's early settlers, W. A. Barber, died on August 16, 1876, and was buried at the campground. His was the first grave in the cemetery, which eventually grew to include the burials of many early settlers, including Eber and Caroline Meredith and their descendants, as well as veterans of the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and Vietnam. The present tabernacle was erected in 1890. It features a hipped roof with changes in pitch capped by a cupola. Drop shutters cover openings on each side. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1991