24th Annual

Franklin Grove Summer
Harvest Festival

Friday – Saturday - Sunday
August 1 - 2 - 3, 2003


Glenn & Joan Rosenberg

The Old Camp Meeting Ground

          On June 7, 1881 a Dixon District Methodist camp-meeting committee met at Franklin Grove and agreed to purchase a 10 acre tract from Isreal Zug, just west of the Franklin Grove Methodist church, for  the purpose of holding a camp meeting at a cost of $1500 for purchase and needed improvements.  For more than three decades an annual district camp meeting was held.  In the early 1880's a visit to the campgrounds for a "big Sunday" by Frances Willard drew 5,000 visitors with several thousand additional persons arriving too late for her speech.  When the camp meeting movement faded in the 1920's, the Chautauqua Meetings, local gatherings and use as a puglic swimming pool allowed the grounds to remain useful.  The campgrounds were sold in 1944 at auction, were resold, and remain in private hnds today.

Heartland Heritage Camp Meeting, July 21 - August 3, 2003  (Click here for information)

23rd Annual Living History Antique Equipment Show August 2 & 3, 2003

2003 Summer Harvest Festival Committee Welcomes You!

Bob Logan, Chairman - Quint Bennet, Past Chairman - Roger Fisher, Vice Chairman - Karen Fair, Treasurer
Cindy Sondegroth, Corresponding Secretary - Maxine Simpson, Recording Secretary
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