A Bit of History
On April 14, 1919, Judge Alexander and Ella Simpson donated 65 acres of land to the Philadelphia Missionary Society for one dollar. The stipulations were that the property was to be used as a recreation center for poor children, and a rest home for working girls and the wives and daughters of ministers. The ministry eventually expanded to include orphans and children from our inner city churches.
The Willow Grove and Hatboro areas have seen much growth and change since the origination of Carson-Simpson Farm. The camp is owned by Metro Ministries, Inc., a ministry of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. Currently Carson-Simpson Farm Christian Center utilizes every inch of space for many diversified ministries, and is dedicated to giving children the opportunity to experience God's redeeming love and power through our Christian Camping Ministry. The history of Carson-Simpson Farm Christian Center will always be an important part of its definition even as time brings changes.