Shoreline of the Methodist Campground

In the early 1870’s, Methodists discovered that Weirs Beach provided the perfect setting for their summer religious meetings. In January, 1874, 13 acres were purchased for $2000 for a “camp-meeting ground.”

By the 1890’s, the Methodist campgrounds had evolved into a densely settled colony of cottages and cabins close by the lake. A path along the shoreline was built and became very popular for summer strolls.

As decades passed the summer cottages and cabins were sold off to others, so there is little Methodist character to the area today. However, this area of Weirs Beach is still referred to as the “campgrounds” and a principle street is still named “Methodist Circle”. 

In 1886, the Methodists built a Church on Tower Street. After the Church burned on November 9, 1924, in the Great Weirs Fire, a new church was built in 1926, which is still in use today.