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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.




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