Photo submitted A potluck is part of the Red River Meeting House and Cemetery Association annual meeting.

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A potluck is part of the Red River Meeting House and Cemetery Association annual meeting.

It is that time once again where those interested in the Red River Meeting House, cemetery and grounds come together to discuss business and reminisce about a place history calls the Second Great Awakening.

The Red River Meeting House and Cemetery Association hosts the annual meeting each year in September. This year will land on Sunday, Sept. 9. Although ideas will be discussed and decisions will be made, the group doesn't forget about fun. A potluck dinner on the grounds will be held beginning at 1 p.m. followed by a program at 2 p.m. Anyone and everyone who is interested is invited to attend.

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, Ky., 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.

The Red River Meeting House is also the site of events throughout the year including Blanket & Trade Days and the Red River Rendezvous which are also open to the public.

"The Red River Meeting House is a special place with its rich history that dates back to the late 1790's," said Dreama Ruley. "It is known for being the birthplace of the Second Great Awakening, which was a mighty move of God that brought the frontier to its knees and helped establish the new nation (The United States of America) as one nation under God." Ruley and her husband Tom have been organizing events at the Red River Meeting House for years.

This year Scott Harp, minister of the Crittenden Drive Church of Christ, Russellville, will be the guest speaker. Steve Vann will be leading the music with him and his wife, Joyce Vann, will be playing old hymns on zitters.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Richard Moore at 270-539-6528.