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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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  • Visited Cane Ridge Meeting House--what a wonderful place. Dating back to 1791, the original meeting house still stands. However, a building was built over and around it to preserve the structure. It w...  more »
  • My church has a gathering every summer with other churches in the area for a day of worship taking turns at the pulpit and singing, we have a picnic break, then have afternoon worship and spend some t...  more »
  • Took our friends who were visiting and are Spirit filled Christians and felt the spirit upon driving on the premises. While on the property they wept, and were in awe. We'll be returning with our staf...  more »
  • Wonderful people and well kept. Thank you for preserving this important piece of history.
  • Excellent place to learn about Restoration Movement's history.
  • So much history tucked away in this forgotten part of the Bluegrass. Read up and visit. Very kind host and beautiful grounds too
  • The place and the host were incredible. Most people around me do not know about this very historic place. We will go back and will bring a picnic.