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The North East Nazarene Camp

Its History

 
 
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By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., December 15, 2020
1. The North East Nazarene Camp Marker
Inscription.  This property was once the North East Nazarene Camp. The Holiness Christian Church, which became part of the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene, was founded in 1894 as a branch of Methodism. In 1909, a temporary summer Holiness Nazarene camp meeting was organized at a stop on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad known as Leslie Station.

The church purchased 6 acres just south of the railroad in 1917 to establish a permanent facility. This popular camp grew through the 20th century. By 1986, it encompassed over 59 acres included parishioners from 115 Holiness Nazarene congregations. Due to declining attendance, the camp closed in 2007.

The Camp Meeting

A Camp Meeting is a religious gathering with a natural setting. Large audiences attend services in open fields, under tents, and other places that are open to the elements. Parishioners camp at the site to participate in the sermons and socialize with other church members.

[caption] Plan of the camp during its heyday in the 1980s (Image from the Maryland Historical Trust).

[caption] Background:
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Postcard showing the Nazarene camp entrance, circa 1958 (Background image and camp meeting photo courtesy of the Wetzel family).

[caption] Advertisement for first known Camp Meeting of the Church of the Nazarene in North East, circa 1909 (The Cecil W[h]ig).

Holiness
Camp Meeting
Pentacostal Church of the Nazarene
(A Branch of the Twin Oaks Camp)
July 15-25
at Copson Park
One-half mile from North East, Md., and about the same distance from Leslie Station, B. & O. R. R.
Six Services Daily. Prominent workers from Washington, Philadelphia and New Jersey.
Tents, $4.00
Address
J. E. Denight, North East, Md.
Nothing sold on Sundays on the grounds
July 3-3t

Washington Philadelphia District
Camp Meeting
Church of the Nazarene
Permanent Date
First Friday in August continuing 10 days

These signs were produced by Trammel Crow and North East Commons, LLC to support compllance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and serve as one of the measures taken to mitigate the demolition of church-related buildings on the site.
 
Erected by Trammel Crow and North East Commons, LLC.
 
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Location. 39° 36.742′ N, 75° 56.846′ W. Marker is in North East, Maryland, in Cecil County. Marker is on Gateway Drive west of North East Road (Maryland Route 272), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: North East MD 21901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The North East Nazarene Camp (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The North East Nazarene Camp (approx. 0.3 miles away); North East (approx. 0.8 miles away); In recognition (approx. 0.9 miles away); St. Mary Anne’s Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cecil County Memorial Post (approx. 1.4 miles away); William Marston Hogue, PhD (approx. 1½ miles away); Gilpin’s Falls Covered Bridge (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North East.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 15, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on January 1, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photo   1. submitted on December 15, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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