Herndon Camp Grove History

 

Herndon Camp Meeting Association was founded in 1901.

 

The Reading Railroad used to run special passenger trains into the town of Herndon to bring guests to the Grove for Camp meeting. A special horse and wagon hauled the folks up from the train station in Herndon to the Grove.

 

Just to the south of the main gate is a slab where the old ice house used to stand. Ice was harvested from the river in the winter and packed in sawdust in the ice house for use during camp meeting in July.

 

The camp grove at one time had its own power station and generated its own electricity.  

 

Many of the cottages started as 12'x12' platforms that tents were set up on. These platforms were turned into cottages in the 1920's.

 

At one time, barrels of pink, yellow, green and light blue paint were donated to the grove. Each cottage owner was given one of these colors to paint their cottage. The grove was a much more colorful place back then!

 

Do you know some colorful facts about the grove? Email them to us from our contact page so we can add them to our history.