[The Arbor at the Anderson County Camp Ground - Brushy Creek]

Description:

Close-up photograph of a portion of the Arbor at the Anderson County Camp Ground in Anderson County, Texas. It is an open structure with wooden poles and rafters; there are rows of wooden benches under the roof.

Creator(s): Unknown
Location(s): United States - Texas - Anderson County
Creation Date: 1970~  
Partner(s):
Anderson County Historical Commission
Collection(s):
Rescuing Texas History, 2007
Usage:
Total Uses: 96
Past 30 days: 0
Yesterday: 0
Creator:
Unknown
Date(s):
  • Creation: 1970~
  • Digitized: August 29, 2007
Coverage:
Place
United States - Texas - Anderson County
Era
Into Modern Times, 1939-Present
Date
1970~  
Description:

Close-up photograph of a portion of the Arbor at the Anderson County Camp Ground in Anderson County, Texas. It is an open structure with wooden poles and rafters; there are rows of wooden benches under the roof.

Note:

This is a photo of the Arbor at the Anderson County Camp Ground. There is a Texas Historical Commission Marker at the site, which was dedicated on September 6, 1981. That same day a National Register of Historic Places designation was also given to the site. Commonly called the Brushy Creek Arbor, Anderson Campground has a long and well known history. During the 1850s, the nearby area was settled with families, most of whom had come from a place called Brushy Creek, which was in Anderson County, South Carolina. By the 1870s a religious campground was constructed, with water provided from a nearby Artesian spring. Families came and stayed for days, bringing their own food, bedding, and supplies. Sermons were preached several times a day. Religious camp meetings were popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s, although there are few visible signs remaining. This arbor is one of the few that has survived intact for over 130 years. Both the church associated with it, Brushy Creek United Methodist, and the arbor itself have changed very little. The total area covers 5.6 acres. Although the last camp meetings were held in the 1930s, the arbor continued to be used for week-long summer revivals into the 1950s. On the first Sunday of each September, a large homecoming of descendants of the early Brushy Creek families is held at the arbor. A program, business meeting, and meal are part of the agenda, plus a guest speaker and recognition of families. the annual homecoming is a popular, well-attended event. Many descendants still live in the county.

Physical Description:

1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

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Subject(s):
Keyword(s): camp sites | camp structures | Anderson County Camp Ground | historic sites
Partner:
Anderson County Historical Commission
Collection:
Rescuing Texas History, 2007
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: ACHC_405_01
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth29216
Resource Type: Photograph
Format: Image
Rights:
Access: Public