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Cane Ridge Camp Meeting - Timeline Event

Founder

Barton W. Stone

Time Period

1801

Description

The Cane Ridge camp meeting was the largest and most famous religious revival of the Second Great Awakening. Barton Stone, a newly ordained Presbyterian minister at the time, was inspired by the other camp meetings he attended in Kentucky, particularly the Logan County camp meeting in the spring of 1801. After experiencing the intensity of the worship there, he prepared a similar meeting on August 6, 1801, at Cane Ridge, in Bourbon County, Kentucky. He invited not only Presbyterian ministers, but also Baptist and Methodist preachers. A large crowd estimated at between ten and twenty thousand arrived to listen to sermons of redemption and to participate in the engulfing religious fervor. Stone recalled six different types of "religious exercises" experienced at the meeting: "falling," "jerks," "dancing," "barking," "running," and "singing." This six-seven day event captured media attention and marked the best known event of the Second Great Awakening.

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Biographies

Stone, Barton

Movements

Restoration Movement

Related Dictionary Terms

Cane Ridge Camp Meeting, Christianity, Minister, Preacher, Second Great Awakening (1790s-1840s), Sermon, Worship (Christianity)

Photographs

Cane Ridge Camp Meeting- Hathi Trust- from Presbyterianism in Paris and Bourbon County, Kentucky by Robert Stuart Sanders
Cane Ridge Camp Meeting- Hathi Trust- from Presbyterianism in Paris and Bourbon County, Kentucky by Robert Stuart Sanders

Barton Stone portrait- Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-132466
Barton Stone portrait- Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-132466

Cane Ridge Camp Meeting house- Library of Congress, HABS KY,9-CANRI,1--2
Cane Ridge Camp Meeting house- Library of Congress, HABS KY,9-CANRI,1--2

Barton Stone preaching at Cane Ridge Camp Meeting- Wikimedia Commons- photo by Chris Light (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Barton Stone preaching at Cane Ridge Camp Meeting- Wikimedia Commons- photo by Chris Light (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Cane Ridge Camp Meeting house inside- Wikimedia- photo by Chris Light (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Cane Ridge Camp Meeting house inside- Wikimedia- photo by Chris Light (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Book/Journal Source(s)

Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990. Dictionary of Christianity in America Downers Grove, IL.
Finke, Roger and Rodney Stark, 2005. The Churching of America, 1776-2005: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy New brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

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Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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