"It's a very charming event and while it has grown through the years, they really keep that kind of hometown atmosphere," Wheeler said. "And of course being set there at the Pine Log church, I think that is our oldest standing church building here in Bartow County.
"With the tabernacle, a lot of churches are no longer built with those tabernacles and then they have the camp meeting cabins, which is something that today's children and new generations just don't see. So it's a very neat event. They always have great barbecue and just lots of fun. And it's a very compact setting, so it's not very taxing to walk that event. I think it's a great event for all ages."
Built in 1842, the church at 3497 Pine Log Road in Rydal is most known for events surrounding a South Carolina earthquake on Aug. 31, 1886. At the end of the camp meeting service, the Rev. J.N. Sullivan prayed out loud, "Lord, if it takes it to move the hearts of these people, shake the ground on which this old building stands."
Immediately following the prayer, the congregation felt the effects from an earthquake originating in Charleston, S.C. With the church family physically and emotionally moved by the incident, they became motivated to rebuild their burned down tabernacle, completing the project within two years.
Sponsored by the Pine Log United Methodist men, the Pine Log Arts and Crafts Fair will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along with free guided tours of the site, the event also will consist of arts and crafts vendors, entertainment, and food will be available.
"We'll have about 60 vendor spaces," said Mary Lou Wilson, the event's coordinator and member of Pine Log UMC. "We have pottery, and we have woodworking and fabric crafts. We have artists and jewelry. There is [a wide variety]. [For the vending spaces] we use the porch fronts of the tents as we call them, which is the cabins, underneath the tabernacle and on the grounds too.
"I think it's a beautiful setting out there for the show and [it is] full of historical significance. And I think we do have a good variety of [items for sale]. We have affordable things as well as some very fine crafts and arts. It's a broad range there as far as anybody that's shopping or buying."
While children 12 and younger will be admitted at no cost, adults will be charged $3. Proceeds from the fair will go toward the upkeep of the historic church and community projects.
For more information about the event, call 770-607-5350 or 770-608-1285 or visit www.pinelogumc.com.