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Cane Ridge, Kentucky

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Cane Ridge, Kentucky, was the site, in 1801, of a large camp meeting which drew thousands of people and had a lasting influence as one of the landmark events of the Second Great Awakening. While Methodists, Baptists and Presbyterians all participated, and many of the "spiritual exercises" such as glossolalia were exhibited that later became more associated with the Pentecostal movement, perhaps the most lasting legacy of the Cane Ridge experience was a formalization of what became known in the future as the Restoration Movement, the origin of the Disciples of Christ, the Church of Christ, and several other, smaller groups.

Cane Ridge is located in Bourbon County, Kentucky near Paris. A Disciples congregation met on the site for many years subsequently, for a time Barton W. Stone was its minister; the place was so dear to him that several years after his death his remains were disinterred and reburied there. The log building used as the Disciples meeting house was many times modernized until it was unrecognizable; when the congregation ceased to meet there regularly in the 1920s the building fell into disuse. Later, historically-minded persons, predominantly from the Disciples, restored the building and then preserved it by building a stone shrine to surround and protect it.

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