“Established 1894 for the purchase and improvement of grounds to be occupied for summer homes, for camp meetings, for meetings of assemlies or associations and societies organized for intellectual or scientific culture and for the promotion of the cause of religion and morality.”
The Epworth Assembly is a private summer resort on the shore of Lake Michigan just north of Ludington. Epworth provides programs during the main eight weeks of activities between June and August. The majority of the programs are for the Epworthians. However, the public is invited to the Church services on Sunday mornings, Vespers on the Beach on Sunday evenings, Monday Musings held on Monday mornings, the Thursday night Lakeside Series talks and some special entertainment programs during the summer. The Epworth Museum is also open mornings during the season, Monday through Saturday.
Timber leases claimed by Charles Mears and his associates, before 1850, included all of the current Epworth Assembly property. As the timber industry came to an end, the “Citizens’ Development Company” in Ludington began to promote “Ludington-The-Beautiful” as a summer resort. Their efforts were not successful until W.H. Baldwin of the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad began to promote passenger service to make up for lost timber revenue.
Baldwin orchestrated an agreement between the Citizens Development Company of Ludington, which provided the land; the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad, which supplied transportation and development cash; and Methodist Church Camp leaders from Big Rapids, Manistee, and Grand Rapids, who worked together to line up a summer program. The mission statement drawn up read as follows: “Established 1894 for the purchase and improvement of grounds to be occupied for summer homes, for camp meetings, for meetings of assemblies or associations and societies organized for intellectual or scientific culture and for the promotion of the cause of religion and morality.”
To learn more about the Epworth Assembly please go to their website: Epworth Assembly