Primitive Camp Meeting at Red River Meeting House
In 1996 this event was started with a vision to inform the public of the 1800 revival and to hopefully plant a seed for a new awakening in people's hearts. It still remains the main historical reenacting event at Red River and the largest. Our living history event includes people camping on the grounds in canvas tents much like they would have in 1800, cooking over open fires and dressing in the same manner. Church services are held on Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning. We also have an auction at 1pm on Saturday with all proceeds going to the upkeep of the meeting house and grounds. Donations for the auction are always welcome. History lessons are presented everyday of the event at 2pm.
Our speakers this year will be:
Friday Night at 7pm - Lester Doyle
Saturday Morning at 10am - Stephen and Laura Gove - the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of the American Revolution
They will also have their traveling museum with them.
Saturday Night at 7pm - Mike "Muskrat Jack" Longstreth
Mike was the first preacher at our event and really helped us in our early days. We are delighted to welcome him back.
Sunday Morning at 10am - Prof. Mark McPherson
The man responsible for igniting this event by assigning a research paper to Tom Ruley at Emmanuel Bible College. We are honored to welcome him to our event.
Demonstrations will include dulcimer playing, 18th century medicine by Robert Operia, blacksmithing, fire making using flint and steel, cooking with dutch ovens, and chair weaving.
An 18th century Presbyterian Sacrament service will be held on Sunday Morning. All believers are welcome to participate.
A memorial service for the soldiers who served our great nation and are buried in the Red River cemetery will be held on Saturday.
David Book will have his living history store featuring quality 18th and early 19th century original and reproduction goods.
Coy's BBQ Grill on Wheels will be selling food on-site.
Friday is set-up day and Sunday is tear down (after church service). The best day for the public to visit is Saturday, but are welcome anytime during the weekend.
Modern campers are also welcome.
For more information call Tom Ruley at 270-586-7632 or visit rrmh.org