Visiting the old camp grounds in Delanco

Since we’re doing a history theme this week I got in the car and drove to Delanco with my dad on Sunday to visit the location of the original camp and get a Boost Slushie at the 7-Eleven that is there now.

The two signs are all that remain of the property, which was initially a 20-acre parcel purchased from Charles Fletcher to establish the Fletcher Grove Camp Meeting but was sold off in pieces prior the camp relocating to its present location in Tabernacle in 1965.

As I explain in the video, it was really surreal to be drinking Boost on the original property of the camp. There’s nothing necessarily special about what’s there now but the history of that plot of land is anything but insignificant.

The Hollywood Harmoneers

The Hollywood Harmoneers were a southern gospel group from Hollywood, Md. who were musical guests at the 75th Delanco Camp Meeting in July 1972.

The Harmoneers were a trio that had been performing at the time of camp meeting that summer for nine years. The went on to record six LPs and played a concert as recently as 2013, according to this article. One of the group’s members died in 2018.

Great Things He Has Done

A lot of things have changed in the 122 years that have passed since the Rev. George Ridout and a group of men from Delanco Methodist Church got together to talk Charles E. Fletcher to sell Fletcher’s Grove, a 20-acre wooded parcel on Burlington Avenue for $4,000 so they could establish Fletcher’s Grove Camp Meeting on the property.

The name of the camp, the location of it and even the name of the church Ridout pastored have all changed but one constant has been the message being preached and the souls that have been impacted for generations because of that life-changing message. World wars, recessions, pandemics and more have not stopped the work of the ministry that was started in Delanco all those years ago.

This week we hope to celebrate that history and to look back at the great things God has done in the lives of so many people who have come into contact with this ministry.

We’d love to hear from you this week about how the camp has impacted your life, the memories you have and any photos or other items you can share about this history. Contact us through our social media channels or send an email to info@delanco.org.