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

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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.

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

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Creator: Unknown. 1970~.

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This photograph is part of the collection entitled: Rescuing Texas History, 2007 and was provided by Anderson County Historical Commission to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 118 times . More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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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.

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

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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.

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Rescuing Texas History, 2007

Rescuing Texas History 2007, presents materials from fifteen partners: Anderson County Historical Commission; Austin History Center, Austin Public Library; Bosque County Historical Commission; Childress County Heritage Museum; Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History; Dallas Heritage Village; First Christian Church, Port Arthur; Heritage House Museum, Orange; Historic Rose Marine Theater; Kemah Historical Society; Museum of the American Railroad; Palestine Public Library; Sanger Public Library; Sulphur Springs Public Library; and Val Verde Historical Commission.

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  • Oct. 14, 2007, 10:26 p.m.

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  • Dec. 12, 2014, 3:27 p.m.

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[The Arbor at the Anderson County Camp Ground - Brushy Creek], photograph, 1970~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29216/: accessed September 27, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Anderson County Historical Commission.