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Small treasures

They began as religious revival camps, nothing more than a collection of tents. But more than a hundred years later, these communities tempt home buyers and renters with their historical charm, downsized lifestyle, and often affordable prices.

The cottages in Northampton's Laurel Park retain the charm of its roots as a Methodist revival camp. The densely packed homes offer history and character to people lookin gto avoid cookie-cutter communities. The cottages in Northampton's Laurel Park retain the charm of its roots as a Methodist revival camp. The densely packed homes offer history and character to people lookin gto avoid cookie-cutter communities. (Photograph by Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
By Aubin Tyler
June 14, 2009

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Thirty years ago, book editor Norma Roche and her then-husband decided to look at a house for sale in Northampton's Laurel Park, once a Methodist revival camp during the populist religious movement of the late 19th century. They liked what they found: more than 20 acres of woods and grassy open space surrounding an enclave of about a hundred charming, ... (Full article: 2017 words)

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