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Seth Martin / Meridian Herald

Most modern Christians don't encounter “camp meetings,” except as occasional words in hymns and choral works, but camp meetings were actual Protestant gatherings that were popular in rural America in the 19th Century. 

These meetings would last for days and feature preachers, music and, of course, camping.  One Methodist bishop noted about 400 camp meetings, from Georgia to Michigan, in the early 1800s, and other denominations held them too.