Nothing more than cedar tree logs holding up a roof to cover pews, The Tabernacle has been the home of the Hartselle Camp Meeting since the late 1800s. It began as an annual revival meeting, originally lasting 11 days, with 3 preaching services each day. In more recent years, the Camp Meeting was shortened to an 8 day event. The afternoon service was dropped, and the Board of Directors decided to use the grounds throughout the year. This was a major change from the previous 100 years. In 2013, the Hartselle Camp Meeting shortened again - to a 6 day event (current length). The goal was to draw more people to the morning and evening services and make lasting impact in the lives of all who attend. It and other camp meetings can trace their heritage in part to the holiness movement of the 19th century. The rustic Tabernacle has been declared a Historic Landmark in the state of Alabama.
The Tabernacle is part of the North Alabama Hallelujah Trail of Sacred Places, a driving tour of 32 churches that are at least 100 years old, stand on their original sites, still hold services and are accessible to the public. For more information, visit www.northalabama.org/trails/hallelujah.