Mount Tabor, NJ

All About Mount Tabor

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.

As the years rolled by, many cottages were converted into winter residences by connection with deep water mains and by the modernization of walls and heating apparatus. In the year 1935, 62 cottages were occupied during winter; in 1938 this number increased to 109. The last summer residence was winterized in 2001.

The late 1940s brought many physical changes to Mount Tabor. Among these were the hard surfacing of the roads and the renovating of the basement of the Tabernacle for the CMA, the fire department, and the post office. After World War II, Mount Tabor felt that the time had come for a real church building. Property was set aside in what was then the Main Park for the United Methodist Church of Mount Tabor, which rose in 1948 through the combined efforts of the members of the church and the citizens of Mount Tabor. When completed, it offered a practical and convenient meeting house: it was in Tabor; it was large enough; and it was heated. Thus, it replaced the other buildings for the purpose of services and other church related functions.

In the decades of the 1970s and 1980s, the changes that were occurring in the US were reflected in Mount Tabor. Many houses and buildings were not maintained as well as they should have been, and rebellious youth made their presence known. Fortunately, this trend has been reversed in the last decades, and an appreciation for the past has become strongly evident. The Camp Meeting Association, which exists as a homeowner’s association, started refurbishing, to their former glory, the buildings they owned; so far the old firehouse, the Town Manager’s house, and the Tabernacle have had facelifts and more. In addition, through the cooperative efforts of the citizens of Mount Tabor, the Trinity Park fountain was installed. The fountain was designed in the image of the previous fountain, which had been removed many years before.

In the early 1990s, Parsippany enacted an ordinance to designate the whole of Mount Tabor, along with a number of other sites, as having landmark status. A major portion of the community was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district in 2015.

Mt. Tabor is still a special community. Its historic heritage is being preserved and its community is full of good will and participation. There are many events each year, including Children’s Day, an annual Holiday Craft Fair, House Tour, and concerts. The many active committees in town include the Garden Club, Historical Society, and Children’s Day Committee. Mt. Tabor also has a golf course and country club.

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