Annual Primitive Camp Meeting and Rendezvous this weekend

By Chris Cooper -

The Annual Primitive Camp Meeting and Rendezvous at the Red River Meeting house is this weekend Oct. 14-16. This is the 21st year for the popular event that draws visitors from all over the country. Prepare yourself to step back in time as you visit the grounds of the Red River Meeting House at 3008 Schochoh Road near Adairville. The Primitive Camp Meeting and Rendezvous will be kicking off Friday evening and ending after Sunday morning service.

Reenactors will be abound on the grounds of the historic site that kicked off the Second Great Awakening. Sights, sounds and smells will transform you to a time past where simple living was a way for many. You will see craft making at it’s finest and cooking over open fires, while music mixes in the air with the smoke of the campsites.

The Red River Meeting House was the site of the first religious camp meeting in the United States. Held June 13-17, 1800, it marked the start of the Second Great Awakening, a major religious movement in the United States in the first part of the nineteenth century. The meeting was organized by the Presbyterian minister James McGready in Logan County, and several preachers took part.

What later became known as the Revival of 1800 began as a traditional Presbyterian sacramental occasion at the Red River Meeting House in June of the same year. As the revival spread to the congregations of McGready’s two other area congregations, several hundred people attended the meetings, held from Friday through Tuesday. McGready’s other congregations were located at Muddy River and Gasper River. The meeting was a chance for the settlers to end their relative isolation for several days and to engage with new people.

Activities at this year’s Annual Primitive Camp Meeting and Rendezvous will be:

* Friday night church service at 7 p.m. – speaker to be announced

* Saturday morning at 10 a.m. – history lesson

* Annual benefit auction at 1 p.m. All proceeds will go to the upkeep of the grounds.

* Saturday night at 7 p.m. – Please join us for the wedding of Hunter Adams and Beth Operia.

* Sunday morning church service at 10 a.m. – Derek Guyer will be preaching. A period correct 18th century Presbyterian sacrament service will be held at the end of the Sunday morning service, which will be done in the same manner as sacrament services that were held in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. All believers are welcome to participate.

* Demonstrations may include dulcimer and zither playing, 18th century medicine by Robert Operia, fire making by using flint and steel, cooking on open fires with dutch ovens, tomahawk throwing, and chair weaving. A self-guided cemetery tour is available. The best day to view the demonstrations will be on Saturday.

Coy’s BBQ Grill on Wheels will be selling food on-site.

Primitive and modern campers will be setting up on Friday and tearing down after Sunday service.

Firewood and water furnished.

No Pets allowed.

Visit the website at or call Tom Ruley at 270-586-7632 for more information.

By Chris Cooper

To contact Chris Cooper, email or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email or call 270-726-8394.

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