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Sheffey was born near the hamlet of Ivanhoe, Wythe County, Virginia, of a locally prominent family, the youngest of five brothers. His mother died when he was two, and he was reared by an aunt in Abingdon, Virginia. Sheffey attended Emory and Henry College in 1839–40, but “his early dislike for books and an aversion for profound study” did not augur well for higher education.
Sheffey was eighteen when he was converted at a revival in Abingdon. Although his relatives wished him to continue in the Presyberian church, he became a Methodist and, shortly thereafter, an itinerant preacher.
Find out more about Sheffey here: The Appalachian Mountain Preacher Who Loved Animals.
The Reverend Robert Sayers Sheffey (1820-1902), although one of a kind as to style and personality, was a Methodist circuit rider in the classic frontier tradition. Celebrated for the intensity of his faith and prayer as well as for his eccentricities, Sheffey's authority was recognized throughout the region. He is buried nearby in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery beside his second wife, Elizabeth Stafford Sheffey.
Old Fashioned Camp Meeting
Adjacent to and named for this stream, Wabash Campground was exemplary of a religious and social institution. Indeed a way of life, which flourished during the 19th century. Hundreds of families would camp for two weeks or more while attending the revival. Meetings were first held here in 1884. The campground functioned until the early 1900s when the large shed used during the worship and many family shelters were destroyed by fire.
The Robert Sheffey Memorial camp meeting is a recreation of the original Wabash Camp Meeting. The purpose continues to bring outstanding preachers and excellent musicians to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the people of this area.
We've got a place for you! Join us at our annual campmeeting, every year on the first Friday after July 4.