North of Ludington near Lincoln Lake is the Epworth Heights summer resort. In the 1890s the Epworth Assembly of Methodists established and developed the association for church members on land donated by the Citizens Development Company. The resort was promoted by the Pere Marquette Railroad and the First National Bank of Ludington, who hoped the resort would become a Chautauqua. In 1894 roads were cut through the hills, stairways to the lake shore were laid out, and the Epworth Hotel was erected. The distinctive cottages are built on lots plotted to take advantage of the hilly topography. Although it began as a Methodist camp meeting ground similar to Bay View's in Emmet County, Epworth Heights never added a Chautauqua program, as Bay View did.
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