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Historic Cane Ridge Meeting House Interior
The original Cane Ridge Meeting House within the Stone Memorial Building

Cane Ridge Meeting House is a historic church building on Cane Ridge in Paris, Kentucky built in 1791. It is one of the oldest church buildings in Kentucky and the largest one room log structure. The church was the site of a large frontier Christian revival in 1801 hosted by the local Presbyterian congregation that met in the building. Nearly 10,000 people attending. According to the museum "[i]n 1804, a small group of Presbyterian ministers from Kentucky and Ohio... penned and signed a document, "The Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery", at Cane Ridge that resulted in the birth of a movement seeking unity among Christians along non-sectarian lines. They would call themselves simply "Christians. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Churches of Christ (non-instrumental), and the Christian Churches (independent) of the Stone-Campbell movement trace their origins here. This movement is often noted as the first one indigenous to American soil." In the 1930s a stone building was constructed around the original log structure. The church is still used for worship.

Bust of Barton W. Stone, in cemetery, at Cane Ridge Meeting House, near Paris, KY
Bust of Barton W. Stone, in cemetery at Cane Ridge
Cane Ridge "Shrine", built around Cane Ridge Meeting House, 1954. Near Paris, KY
Cane Ridge "Shrine", built around the Meeting House in 1954

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