Meredith Campground LbNA # 34703 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Aug 14 2007|
North Carolina native Eber Meredith, his wife Caroline (Ross), and their four children moved to this area of Henderson County in the 1850s. Eber Meredith bought 320 acres of land in 1859 and purchased an additional 160 acres four years later. In 1875 a schoolhouse
was built near the Meredith home. A Methodist church was organized under a brush arbor near the schoolhouse in 1876, and in 1878 Eber Meredith officially deeded ten acres of land for the church. An open-air tabernacle was built that same year, and the first annual camp meeting was held in the summer. The church and camp meeting became
known throughout East Texas, and in some years attracted crowds of as many as 2,000 people. One of the area's early settlers, W. A. Barber, died on August 16, 1876, and was
buried at the campground. His was the first grave in the cemetery, which eventually grew to include the burials of many early settlers, including Eber and Caroline Meredith and their descendants, as well as veterans of the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and Vietnam. The present tabernacle was erected in 1890. It features a hipped
roof with changes in pitch capped by a cupola. Drop shutters cover openings on each side. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1991
To the letterbox:
From Athens: Travel Hwy 19 North towards Canton approximately 10 miles to the Walton Community. Turn left onto 1861. Travel .08 miles on 1861 until you come to CR 3900. Turn left onto CR 3900 and travel .04 miles. Turn right onto a blacktop road, and travel .02 miles. Meredith Campground, Tabernacle and Cemetery will be on your left. Turn into the area and park close to the historical marker. After reading the marker, walk to the back of the white tabernacle. Instead of walking up the ramp to the back doors, look under the left side of the ramp. You will find the letterbox here.
When you travel back to 1861 if you turn left instead of going back the way you came, you are about 2 miles from the Big Rock Shelter letterbox, and about 4 miles from FM 316 where there are 3 boxes at Purtis Creek State Park planted by Adams Trails and An Apple for the Teacher is on FM 316 as well.