Place and Person – Pitman Grove and Camp Meeting and C. Austin Miles

The first meeting in the tabernacle in Pitman, New Jersey, was held in 1871. A history of the town and the camp meeting can be found here: History of Pitman, New Jersey. The tabernacle is at the center of twelve paths, or spokes, reminiscent of the twelve apostles.

C. Austin Miles, a prolific songwriter, wrote the hymn, “In the Garden,” while staying in the grove area. He said of himself, “It is as a writ­er of gos­pel songs I am proud to be known, for in that way I may be of the most use to my Mas­ter, whom I serve will­ing­ly al­though not as ef­fi­cient­ly as is my de­sire.”

Here are a few pictures I took Sunday at about 10:00 in the morning.

These small cottages are just a sampling of the dozens and dozens that surround the tabernacle.

Many years ago when I first moved to the area with my parents, I called this cottage on the fringes of the tabernacle wheel my home. What I remember most about it was the amazing attic it had. When I lived there it had a long front porch which has since been enclosed.

4 thoughts on “Place and Person – Pitman Grove and Camp Meeting and C. Austin Miles

  1. Kathy. When we lived at 227 Wesley ave. Mr. Austin Miles widow lived across the street from us and he wrote the hymn Garden when he lived there. I is the sirst house on Wesley ave. with the side yard facing Laurel ave. She said the garden rose bushes inspired him to write the song.


  2. Debra J Higbee

    The main building at the center of the twelve avenues is the Camp Meeting Auditorium. The tabernacle was on Fourth Avenue and the Temple was at South and Wesley. Both the tabernacle and the temple have been taken down but the Auditorium still stands. Camp Meeting is still held every Sunday evening throughput the summer.

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    1. Timelesslady

      Thanks Debra…I thought the auditorium was also considered a tabernacle. I also attended the Glassboro Camp Meeting as a child since I went to Olivet Wesleyan the Host Church. I go to services now and then on Sunday nights in the summer. Our church is one of the host churches once through the summer.


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