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Epworth Park

Chautauqua Site since 1870!

Our location

Bethesda, Ohio USA

Contact phone

(740) 330-3047

About the park

Video by cottage owner Joe Moffo.

Come and enjoy the peace and serenity and escape from your fast-paced lifestyle. Come walk in the footsteps of our ancestors and experience the happiness and tranquility of days gone by.

Comprising of 7 acres and nestled among a grove of oak trees are 60 quaint, privately-owned Victorian Cottages, a common house for meetings, and the original outdoor chapel/ampitheater for services, weddings, and concerts.

Established over 150 years ago as a Methodist Camp Ground, camp meetings were replaced in the 1900's by the National Chautauqua Movement. Epworth Park celebrates it's heritage with an annual Chautauqua Homecoming Days festival during the second weekend in July.

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Welcome to the best kept secret in Southeastern Ohio.


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2023 Events at Epworth Park

Concerts, graduations and weddings are among the activities held in the open-air, covered auditorium during the summer months.

While the 2023 season is over, next year's is already in the planning stage.

The program for 2023 was:

DateDayTime (ET)EventFacilities
Corrected!May 27thSaturday5 - 7 PMConcert: Baranich, Gable & Lee/The Pickin' PreachersAmphitheater
June 17thSaturday7 - 9 PMConcert: Still KickiNAmphitheater
June 23rd and 24thFriday & SaturdayPrivate WeddingAmphitheater
July 8th and 9thSaturday and SundayChautauqua Homecoming Days and Bethesda FestivalEpworth Park & Village Park
July 8thSaturday2 - 4 PM Concert: New Age AdenasAmphitheater
July 8thSaturday6 - 8 PM Concert: The Shuman BandAmphitheater
July 9thSunday1 - 3 PM Concert: John and Jan L'EcuyerAmphitheater
July 22ndSaturday7 - 9 PMConcert: The Sarah Hayes BandAmphitheater
August 19thSaturday7 - 10 PMConcert: MSM -- Miller Smith MazureAmphitheater

Looking for an event that's not listed above? You might be in the wrong place. Events booked with the Epworth Center, the Bethesda United Methodist Church, and Bethesda's Village Park are not listed here. Contact the Center at (740) 484-4705, the church at (740) 484-4712, or the village at (740) 484-1566.

Are you interested in upcoming events at Epworth or would like to talk to someone about performing or exhibiting? Contact our Event Coordinator!

Cottages Currently on the Market


Epworth Park is a collection of individually owned cottages, governed collectively by the Epworth Park Cottage Owners Association (EPCOA) and its board of directors. The cottages, some dating back to the early part of the 20th century, are privately owned and all owners must abide by the rules and regulations of the park.

While the sale of a cottage is handled by the cottage owner, current owners must have all annual assessments paid and new potential cottage owners must complete and have approved an application for purchase BEFORE the transaction is closed.

Assessments are an annual fee (similar to home owners association fees) paid by each cottage owner that cover their cottage's water and sewer fees, as well as trash collection, park landscaping and maintenance, Wi-Fi in the common cottage, and real estate taxes. Cottage owners are responsible for all other cottage-related utilities (electricity, gas, cable, etc).

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Weddings and Events

Wedding Photo in Garden of the Oaks

Celebrate your wedding day, or renew your vows, while you and your guests enjoy the scenic beauty of historic Epworth Park. Our facility is the perfect location for an outdoor wedding.

During the summer months (May through October), enjoy a beautiful wedding in the "Garden of Oaks" from our open-air, covered auditorium. The auditorium has space to accommodate up to 250 guests. Visual standing room is available around the perimeter.

Epworth Park will also be planning public events such as concerts and movies in the amphitheater in 2022.

Don't forget to check the calendar to make sure your wedding date's available!

For more information or to make reservations contact our Wedding Planner at (740) 310-4250 after 5PM ET.


215 North Main Street
Bethesda, Ohio 43719 USA

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 623
Bethesda, Ohio 43719 USA

Office phone

(740) 330-3047



Epworth Park

215 North Main Street, Bethesda, OH 43719 USA
(740) 330-3047 For more information