Red River Meeting House Revival

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

In rural Logan County, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life sits the Red River Meeting Hose. And once a year, people come here to get away from everything, to go back to a simpler time.

Dreama Ruley is a Red River re-enactor. She says she comes, "To celebrate the revival that came through here in 1800; for the fellowship of the other re-enactors for the peace and quiet; for the chance to step back in history."

This weekend the Red River Meeting House will open its doors and invite people from all over to celebrate its rich heritage.

Dreama Ruley says, "We cook over the open fires. We live like they would have in 1800, making our fires from flint and steel, eating from the campfire. We have church services at night. During the day, we have different demonstrations."

At the worship services, different denominations take turns preaching, and a variety of instruments (true to the period) are played.

Tom Ruley is also a Red River re-enactor. He says, "They're always different. We have dulcimers, fiddles, banjos, guitars. We've had accordions. And it’s just a blessing to hear the different types of music and hear different people preach."

Ruley has always loved re-enacting and he wrote a paper in bible college about the Red River Meeting House. That's how he came up with the idea of the revival.

Tom Ruley says, "These two could go together. And that's been nine years ago, and we've just grown into a bit of a community. The people that have been coming here, it's just like a reunion with old friends."

The Red River Meeting House is free to the public and there are games for children to play. They ask that no pets be brought to the campsite.

Primitive tents will be available to campers, but modern day tents are also allowed. Appropriate period dress and music are encouraged but not required.

For more information go to www.redriverrevival.com.


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