Virginia State Seal Virginia Department of Historic Resources

052-0007 Jonesville Methodist Campground

Jonesville Methodist Campground
Photo credit: Grace Heffelfinger/DHR, 1973

*Click on image to enlarge.

For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 07/17/1973

NRHP Listing Date 05/16/1974

NRHP Reference Number 74002133

A surge of evangelical fervor in the early 19th century resulted in the establishment throughout the country of campgrounds to hold summer religious revival meetings that were similar to Lee County’s Jonesville Methodist Campground. Spacious, shed-like auditoriums were built to shelter the large numbers attending the services. A particularly early example of this building type is found near Jonesville at the southwestern tip of Virginia. Surrounded by a wide lawn used for campsites, the 1827-28 structure was built on land established by the Methodist Episcopal Church of Lee County as a religious campground in 1810. The building has a long gable roof supported on massive oak timbers and side panels that can be raised for ventilation. Jonesville Methodist Campground has been in continuous use since its completion.

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: December 15, 2022