During the Victorian era of the late 1800s, many new communities were formed across America. Prompted by a need to escape the rapidly growing urban and industrial regions, attempts were made to establish communities built on ideal principles; places that were both physically and spiritually healthful.
Methodist Camp Meetings—open air religious revivals held in woodland or seaside settings and lasting many days — gained popularity. Some grew into enduring communities; permanent structures replaced the original tents.
Mount Tabor was founded as this type of camp meeting ground— the site where a camp meeting was held for ten days or so each summer. The camp meeting itself consisted of a heavy schedule of religious services, prayer meetings, and uplifting lectures. Shortly after its founding in 1869, as the first permanent camp meeting site in New Jersey, it became evident that the early participants in the community would not be content to spend only the short period of the camp meeting here. Very quickly Mount Tabor became a summer resort community with social and cultural activities added to the religious programs. Eventually the summer tents and cottages became year-round homes, still within the dimensions of the original 25′ x 16′ tent lots.
Today, Mount Tabor is a very special community. It has an historic heritage that is being proudly preserved. It is a community full of good will and good neighbors.