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The Great Auditorium [Methodist Episcopal]
Ocean Grove, Monmouth County
The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association was organized in 1869 for
the purpose of providing a permanent campground\meeting place by the
sea. Revival meetings, often 10 days long, were common in the decades
leading up to the Civil War; after the war, many Methodist leaders sought
to establish permanent places for annual summer revivals. The Great
Auditorium was built in 1894 and seats 6,000 people. It is a steel-framed
building covered with wooden clapboards, and features many sliding doors
and hinged windows. There is a large stage rather than an altar and
a gallery that almost completely encircles the interior.
For more information about the Ocean
Grove Meeting, see Holy Leisure, Recreation and Religion in God's
Square Mile, by Troy Messenger. Another Methodist camp was established
at Pitman Grove.