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Cane Ridge Meetinghouse, Paris

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Civic Center · Historic Site
Cane Ridge, Kentucky, United States was the site, in 1801, of a large camp meeting that drew thousands of people and had a lasting influence as one of the landmark events of the Second Great Awakening, which took place largely in frontier areas of the United States. The event was led by eighteen Presbyterian ministers, but numerous Methodist and Baptist preachers also spoke and assisted. Many of the "spiritual exercises", such as glossolalia and ecstatic attendees, were exhibited that in the 20th century became more associated with the Pentecostal movement.
Cane Ridge is located in Bourbon County, Kentucky near Paris. The ridge was named by the explorer Daniel Boone, who had noticed a form of bamboo growing there. The Cane Ridge building and grounds had many unusual aspects. The 1791 Cane Ridge Meeting House is believed to be the largest single-room log structure in North America. The burial ground contains an unmarked section that is among the largest in the country. A Christian church congregation met on the site for many years after the 1801 revival meeting, and the congregation's leaving the Presbyterian Church in 1804. Barton W. Stone was its minister and one of the leading ministers of the Christian Church. This place was so dear to him that at his request, several years after his death, his remains were reinterred there.
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  • My ancestor was at the Great Revival here in 1801. I've wanted to see this two story log church - was not disappointed. We visited on April 8, 2021 - the first week they had opened for the season. We....  more »
  • It wasn't open but we peeked in windows. Very cool and would be interesting if it was open. Closed October 31 to April.  more »
  • Such an amazing place to visit, especially if you're wanting to learn more about the Cane Ridge Revival! The staff are so kind and helpful. The environment is great - not only for individual reflection and prayer - but also for kids. There are many activities for children to do here. The grounds are beautiful.
  • Our ⛪ church families came to see you about a month ago from Community Christian Church of New Palestine, IN we enjoyed our time with you in your presentation about church history 📜. I am going to say on my cousin's behalf and mine here we kinda took a refreshing look back this Sunday, with you about this historical facts presented.

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