In her thesis From Spirit to Structure: A Study of Georgia’s Historic Camp Meeting Grounds Claudia H. Deviney outlines the proliferation of camp meeting grounds throughout the state as a result of the Second Great Awakening and focuses as well on the importance of their architecture.
Central to all of Georgia’s historic camp meeting grounds are the arbors, sometimes referred to as tabernacles (especially in relation to singing conventions, which came later).
These replicate the original place in a grove of trees where fervent settlers came together to share and spread the gospel in harsh and often unsettled lands.
Local tradition suggests that pioneers were gathering at the Fountain site as early as the late 1700s, though officially its organization is noted as 1822.
Ultimately, Fountain Campground is an excellent example of an intact and “active” historic camp meeting site and is one of the treasures of Warren County.
“Tents” encircle the arbor, providing a place for attendees to sleep and socialize.
Originally, actual tents were used, but as the camp meetings grew, more permanent structures were built.
Many families have been coming here for generations.
They have obviously taken great pride and care in the preservation of the campground for future worshipers.
Places like this are not only religious and cultural landmarks but are also important for the variety of vernacular architecture they represent.
I sincerely hope that an effort will be made to list this campground on the National Register of Historic Places.