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The Historic Methodist Campground invites you to experience its quiet community. Located 20 miles north of the City of Chicago, this unique territory is nestled among four groves in a valley. We invite you to visit and be part of this relaxed, pleasant refuge in the “wilderness.”

In 2005, the grounds and its many structures were honored by The National Registry of Historic Places (NRHP) making this historic site a valuable place to visit, further preserving its historic integrity and making it available for future generations to experience. Restoration and preservation attempts are ongoing.

Prominent persons who have visited and supported the site include:

Joseph Kennicott, related to Robert Kennicott of the Glenview Park District’s, The Grove. Joseph was one of the first Trustees in 1860.

In the early 1900s, D. L. Moody of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago endorsed the religious site and held revival campsite meetings for decades.

William Ashley “Billy” Sunday was an American athlete who, after being a popular outfielder in baseball’s Midwest National 1880s league, became the most celebrated and influential American evangelist in the early 20th Century. Mr. Sunday was often invited to be a guest speaker in the 1930s.

With the growth of the campground, it has become a village of permanent structures with Tabernacles for church services and cottages for residents.

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