Ross Campground is known as one of the hallowed landmarks in East Tennessee. The historic campground became famous for the evangelistic services that resulted in the conversion of hundreds of men, woman and children. The camp meetings which were held before the Civil War continued for several days. In later years, the meeting was held annually on Sunday in late September. Hundreds of people attended the gathering coming from Hawkins, Sullivan, Greene and Washington counties and neighboring Scott County, Virginia.
In 1843, Rev. Frederick A. Ross deeded a tract of land where the present day Ross Campground United Methodist Church stands. It was stated in the deed , “This property was given for the sole purpose of a campground to worship Almighty God agreeable to the discipline of the Methodist Church…” Rev. Ross signed the deed August 15th 1843 and the deed was registered on April 6, 1846.
The present church, a brick building, stands on the same site as the original log church building and replaces the white frame structure that was destroyed by a cyclone on March 14, 1933. The cyclone completely demolished the building, leaving only the rock foundation. Papers and records were later found as far away as Blountville, TN.
It is the spirit of the 1800s camp revival meetings that gave birth to Ross Campground that we would like to see continue among us. If you visit Ross Campground UMC you will find a very warm and loving congregation. You will also find a ministry that focuses on Jesus Christ, His Gospel and His Word.
Please come join us!
Above: Snowy winter's day at Ross Camp Ground.
Left: VBS at Ross in the 1960's