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Camp meetings, or religious revivals, attracted farmers and people in small communities. Because of the distance to reach them, meetings often lasted a week. Most came for spiritual growth and renewal, and also to socialize and be entertained. The state's first camp meeting was held in October, 1801.
This article looks at religious camp meetings held in North Carolina as part of the Great Revival, the religious revival movement that was extremely popular from the beginning of the 19th century until the Civil War. The article is divided into sections that look at the history of camp meetings in general and within the state, camp meeting methods, the phenomenon known as \"the exercises, and camp meeting disorders.\"