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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

‘Ole timey camp meeting’ returns to Penhook
Tradition dates back to 1922 on same property
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Courtesy Photo: The old tabernacle, where camp meetings were held for many years at Penhook, collapsed in 1978 after a heavy snowfall.

Friday, June 27, 2014

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

The annual Penhook camp meeting is back next week.

The 15th annual camp meeting is set for June 30 through July 5 at Scottie's Fertilizer Warehouse at 679 Morgan's Fork Road.

Elliot "Scottie" Scott, owner of the warehouse, revived the "ole timey camp meeting" tradition in 1999, a tradition that dates back to 1922. That was when the first camp meeting was held, and it was held near where the warehouse now stands.

For many years, the camp meeting was held in a tabernacle, which was built in 1925. Other buildings followed, including cabins and a kitchen.

Attendance at meetings started falling off in the 1950s and discontinued in 1962.

A heavy snow in 1978 caused the tabernacle to collapse.

Rev. W.J. Craddock, who started the camp meeting, and his wife are buried nearby.

Services each night will begin at 7 p.m. and feature Mike Varner, June 30; Shake Smith, July 1; Melvin Harris, July 2; Adrian Moore, July 3 and July 4; and Rick Poland, July 5.

Call 540-576-3413 for more information.

Scottie's Warehouse also holds regular church services on Thursday nights.

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