Photo submitted Red River Meeting House and Cemetery Association annual meeting draws many.

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Red River Meeting House and Cemetery Association annual meeting draws many.

The Red River Meeting House and Cemetery Association held its 72nd annual meeting Sunday, Sept. 8 with a dinner on the grounds and service and meeting to follow. Each year the association meets to have fun, elect officers, discuss business and listen to special speakers and guests.

This year was a beautiful day for the annual meeting with many visitors enjoying a pot luck on the historic grounds. There was plenty of good food, children playing and adults enjoying visiting with old and new friends.

"We were blessed to have members of the Col. Benjamin Logan Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution who held a color guard presentation of the flag to open our service. During the day they took time for teachable moments with individuals and children," said Darlynn Moore, one of the organizers for the meeting.

A special guest for the day included Randy McMoran and choir from the Hopewell Baptist Church who blessed all attending with traditional songs, stringed instruments and a special presentation of "Down to the River to Pray."

Bro. Jim Woodard, pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church presented a wonderful message to a full house of the importance of the meeting house history.

"The people of North Carolina were not willing to listen to James McGready's appeal for seeking God but the people of this area were willing and God moved in such a mighty way that it is known as the Second Great Awakening and impacted our entire nation. He implored all of us to be willing and open to God," said Woodard.

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. As the revival spread to McGready's other area congregations at Muddy River and Gasper River, several hundred people attended the meetings, held from Friday through Tuesday. The meeting was a chance for the settlers to end their relative isolation for several days and to engage with new people.

The Red River Meeting House and Cemetery is located at 3008 Schochoh Road, Adairville. For more information, call Richard Moore at 270-539-6528. Mark your calendar and please join the fun at next year's 73rd annual meeting to be held the 2nd Sunday in September.