The Annual Primitive Camp Meeting and Rendezvous at the Red River Meeting House will be held Oct. 12-14 starting at 9 a.m on Friday until service ends on Sunday.

Sunday service will be held at 10 a.m which will include a period correct Scottish Presbyterian sacrament service which will offer communion the way it would have been served in 1800 at the meeting house. The communion is always open to all believers.

This is the 23nd 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.


Re-enactors will be 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 19th century. The meeting was organized by the Presbyterian minister James McGready in Logan County, and several preachers took part.

As the revival spread to the congregations of McGready's two other area congregations,

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several hundred people attended the meetings. 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.

Demonstrations may include dulcimer and zither playing, 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. Vendors will be on site selling food.

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.