The Methodist Camp

The Methodist Camp (HMO7S)

Location: West Lafayette, IN 47906 Tippecanoe County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 30.4', W 86° 50.622'

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— Battle Ground College —

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In 1857, leaders of the Methodist Church choose this site to serve as the Battle Ground Collegiate Institute. The site was chosen because of its historic significance, its natural features, and its close proximity to the railroad and nearby towns. From 1859 to 1882 the average enrollment in the school was 275 students. Boys earned a Bachelor of Science degree and the girls earned a Mistress of the English Literature.

In 1874, the Methodist Church converted the site into a gathering place for Methodists from around the state. They "...hoped to supply a pleasant place where parents could afford a few weeks of change of scene and air in the summertime, to their children, at a small outlay." The first camp meeting was held in the woods in 1874 and in subsequent years, a tabernacle, cottages, dining hall, swimming pool, and retreat center were added to accommodate the summer camps. The site was used for that purpose up until the late 1960s before being sold to the Tippecanoe County Park & Recreation Board in 1974.

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Cottages:
Construction of the first cottages began in 1875. By 1917, 55 cottages were in use. In the late 1960's and 1970's the cottages were torn down. Several cottages were moved and are residences in Battle Ground.

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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 12:19pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 513242 N 4484006
Decimal Degrees40.50666667, -86.84370000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 30.4', W 86° 50.622'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 30' 24.00" N, 86° 50' 37.32" W
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Area Code(s)765
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 103 Battleground Ave, West Lafayette IN 47906, US
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