Tabernacle group, Richmond, ca. 1910

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


A group of young campers posed outside the Richmond Campground Tabernacle, where Methodist Episcopal campground services took place. The 50 feet by 95 feet Tabernacle, built in 1899, replaced a large tent previously used for services. It seated 1000.

In the Campground’s first years, worship was held outdoors at the “main stand,” erected in 1872. It was an outdoor pulpit elevated 10 feet above the ground with staircases ascending both sides. A bell hung from the roof. Interestingly, there was a room in the back under the pulpit used as a jail. Richmond hired a constabulary force to keep the peace.

The Salvation Army, the Maine State Sunday School Association, and the Kennebec Valley Temperance Association also held gatherings in the Tabernacle. Two statewide and one national Temperance gatherings brought the prohibitionist Neal Dow to the Campground.

The roof of the building caved in from snow in the winter of 1943/1944, and the building was torn down. The old boarding house became the campground church.

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About This Item

  • Title: Tabernacle group, Richmond, ca. 1910
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1910
  • Subject Date: circa 1910
  • Location: Richmond, Sagadahoc County, ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.102178
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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