Shingleroof Campmeeting


Ten Generations of Worship in the Pioneer  Tradition
Located in Henry County, Georgia U.S.A
Documented by Gene Morris Jr.
Henry County Historian
A Local Legacies Project Submitted to
The U.S. Library of Congress in 1999


Photo Gallery


Photo #26 above:  One of the highlights of Campmeeting is the annual Water Balloon Fight The fight takes place every year on Wednesday afternoon and is a time of fun and excitement. The young people, and those who wish they were young again, fill balloons with water and at the appointed time begin to assault each other without mercy. The tents and tabernacle are "out of bounds" and provide the only safe viewing areas for the mayhem of this annual ritual that has been carried on for several decades. (Photo courtesy of Saranell Morris Lewis)  


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Photo #27 above:  The recreational aspects of Shingleroof Campmeeting make this a place that "has something for everyone". The basketball goal is located between the tents and the tabernacle so you can sit on your porch and watch the activities even if you don't wish to play. Campmeeting is a time when families gather to live, worship, visit and play together. (Photo courtesy of Saranell Morris Lewis)  


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Photo #28 above:  The "Big Spring" is the reason this site was selected for the Campmeeting Ground in 1831, and it served as the sole water source for over 150 years, until county water was piped in 1984. Here we see Gene Morris, Jr. telling his son's Branham (2) and Edwin (4) the story of the Big Spring during the 1999 Campmeeting. These boys are the 9th generation of their family to worship God at Shingleroof Campground. (Photo courtesy of Gene Morris, Jr.)  


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Photo #29 above:  The current Tabernacle was construccted in 1910 and has served well for nearly 90 campmeetings. Worship through song is a highlight of the services each year. Hearing a thousand people, or more, singing old favorites such as "Bringing in the Sheaves" or "Showers of Blessing" or "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder" is a moving experience. The old upright piano becomes an art form when played by campmeeting pianists such as Melissa Phillips Hensel and those before her. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Randy Daniel)  


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Photo #30 above:  The pulpit of Shingleroof Tabernacle is simple and so is the preaching; but, the evangelical message is profound. The grace of God and the love of Jesus, the way of salvation is preached today as it has been for nearly 170 years. These truths are the foundations of our lives and families. These beliefs are what bind the people of Shingleroof Campmeeting to God and to one another. Here we see United Methodist Bishop Bevel Jones preaching the ll:00am service on Campmeeting Sunday in the 1990's. (Photo courtesy Dr. Randy Daniel) 



revised April 26, 2005

Created by Scott Rowan    Copyright (c) June 01, 2000.  All Rights Reserved.