Today's Bayside began as the Northport Wesleyan Grove Camp Meeting in 1849. Maine Methodists gathered in Northport for 2 weeks in the summer for a religious festival at this "most beautiful spot, on a point of land making out to the bay" From the congregations of the first twenty towns represented by the Methodists, the population grew to include rusticators, excursionists and vacationers. Tents pitched on small lots evolved to modest cottages with elaborate "gingerbread" decor. In the first decades of the 20th century this community hosted thousands on a busy weekend. Today it is a lively yet less active summer community. This lecture presented by Bayside resident and historan Beverly Crofoot was presented on July 24, 2012 at the Belfast Free Library.