September 25, 2021

Flat Rock’s 145th annual ‘Camp Meeting’ underway and lasts through Sunday

(Franklin, GA) — The longtime annual ‘Camp Meeting’ at Flat Rock Campground began Wednesday night and continues through this Sunday, August 15, 2021.

Rev. Andrew Owensby delivered the message Wednesday followed by Rev. Allen Simpson on Thursday evening.

The remaining lineup of Pastors include Rev. Rodney Roquemore (7:00 PM Friday), Rev. Lynn Janney (7:00 PM Saturday) and the Rev. Neil Awbrey (11:00 AM Sunday).

This is the 145th edition of the camp meeting taking place at the Flat Rock Campgrounds about four miles west of Franklin. The campground was originally built in 1876 and meetings have been held continuously ever since.

Two years after its inception, an open-air arbor was added. The unique structure is made of hand-hewn beams that were cut and pieced together with wooden pegs. According to the ‘Heard County History’ book published in 1991, the structure was constructed by a bride builder named Mr. Foster James on 20 acres of land donated by Mr. A.D. Lashley.

Families built cabins or ‘tents’ around the arbor for use during the meetings and some still exist today.

In the early days of the camp, lights for the arbor were kerosene lamps. A fire built of light wood and other materials would light up the entire campground.

For years, no refrigeration was available, so a big pit was dug and blocks of ice were put in and covered with sawdust. It kept the meats and perishables safe.

The camp meeting, an outdoor, continuous religious service, became a fixture of Georgia’s religious life in the 19th century.

This year’s revival is featuring various kinds of music provided by church choirs and special singings.

During each service, there is Vacation Bible School, led by Mrs. Judith Brown, for “Happy Campers” 3 years of age through 5th grade.

There will also a cake auction as a big fundraiser event — raising money to assist with much needed improvements on the Flat Rock grounds.

The Ladies of Prospect Church will be selling Hamburger and Hotdog lunch plates after the Sunday service.

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