The summer of 1876 (and more)

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – In the summer of 1876, a camp meeting was held for two weeks in August at Young’s Grove, near Florida, on the road leading to Chester. The notice said that tents would be furnished for those wishing them, at reasonable rates, by the day or week or entire meeting.

A boarding and refreshment stand was on the grounds, and horse-drawn stages met all the trains at Florida to carry people to the camp meeting. At that time, in 1876, Florida had passenger and freight train service.

The committee of arrangements was Lewis Strong and John Freeman. They announced that they would have officers in attendance to keep perfect order. While camp meetings were held primarily for religious programs and services, they were also great socializing occasions for those who lived on the campgrounds for a week or two.