Ruddell's and Martin's Stations Historic Association

Remembering
Martin's Station and
RUDDLES STATION, KY

Ruddles & Martins Stations Historical Association (RAMSHA) is a Kentucky-based organization dedicated to remembering and honoring the inhabitants of the forts involved with the historic event that took place in frontier Kentucky in June of 1780.
  • Membership & attendance at the annual gathering is open to any friend of the organization.
  • Our research site is open to all.
  • This year's RAMSHA Gathering is Saturday, June 18, 2016.

    Here are the basics for this year's RAMSHA Gathering, Saturday, June 18, 2016.
    We'll let you know as we work out details.

    The day will begin with a visit to Ruddles Station (Cynthiana, KY) and end at Fort Boonesborough State Park (Winchester/Richmond, KY).

    Here is the information we have so far, along with tentative times:

    - 8:00am - meet up in Cynthiana, KY area (leave promptly at 8:30 to go to R.S.).
    - 9:00am - 10:15 - ceremony at Ruddles Station site / visit vault if feasible (on private property).
    (If you would like to meet us at Ruddles Station or Ft. BB (Ft. Boonesborough State Park recreated fort), we will supply directions to these sites. Be aware, Ruddles Station will only be open to our group during our assigned time.)
    - 11:30 - lunch at Ft. Boonesborough (food stand).
    - Afternoon activities, TBA (RAMSHA meeting/visit, a talk from our own LaRoux Gillespie, musical entertainment, genealogy, exhibits, pioneer woods walk, 18th century artifacts, archaeology, KY longrifle / firestarting demo, etc. - we'll be finalizing the schedule soon & will pass that on to you).
    - 5:30pm, short hike/visit to Lower Howard's Creek (Many of our ancestors were at other forts before Ruddles & Martins Stations, this is the beautiful preserved pioneer/Indian route from BB to Ruddles & Blue Licks. You will be walking in the footsteps of our ancestors & the British & Indians).
    Here are some photos from a trip we took a few years ago on Lower Howard's Creek.
    - 6:00pm supper at Halls on the River, site of pioneer settlement (frontier land route traveling N. from BB towards ). Restaurant is right next to trailhead.

    If you are planning to participate in all events, an ideal hotel location would be somewhere within 5 miles of the intersection of Rt. 68 & I-75/64. That would be around 30 minutes from Ruddles Station and also Fort Boonesborough.
    Sunday: If you stay, you can participate in the Ft BB activities, OR we can suggest other local sites of interest (if you come on Friday, there are more good historical places to visit).
    - We will be having our event partially in conjunction with another event going on at Fort BB, called “A Gathering of Descendants”. This is geared towards research of families on the frontier & at Ft BB. Although the RAMSHA gathering will be only be on Saturday, there will be park activities continuing at Ft. Boonesborough that Sunday.
    - Excluding meals, the event cost will be under $10.
    - Holder Trail, mouth of Lower Howard's Creek (on the Kentucky River): http://www.lowerhowardscreek.org/Holder_Public_Trail/holder_public_trail.html

    A link to Halls on the River

    Here is a description of the Fort sponsored event:
    Fort Boonesborough “A Gathering of Descendants” – 6/18/2016 to 6/19/2016 – Fort Boonesborough will have a weekend that we hope will remind folks of what homecomings and family reunions are about, with a bit of a twist! We want to welcome everyone who had ancestors who came to Fort Boonesborough in the 18th century and played a part in the early settlement of Kentucky. We will have resources and information available about many of the folks who were here in those early days, ideas of where to find genealogical information, museum exhibits of artifacts from the original fort site, authors on hand to sign books about early days of the fort, the people, and surrounding areas, and ongoing historical interpretation of the daily lives, chores, skills and trades of those who came here during that time. Representatives from the Dr. Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, The Society of Boonesborough, Eastern Kentucky Library and Archives, and some local Historical Societies will be on here to assist with information on Genealogy, early Kentucky cemeteries, early Madison county Family History, and more. This event is free with regular paid admission to the fort. http://www.fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.org/html/_event_schedule.html

    Sincerely,
    Jon Hagee
    RAMSHA President
    jhagee@frontierfolk.net
    http://www.reverbnation.com/JonathanHagee

    The June 13, 2015 Gathering started with a visit to the site of Rudle's Station & the Lair Vault. Our meeting was then held in association with the Fort Boonesborough “A Gathering of Descendants” which brings together the descendants of pioneers which passed through Fort Boonesborough. Several of the RAMSHA ancestors were at Fort Boonesborough (and other KY forts) before coming to Ruddles & Martins Stations.
    Unfortunately, the day was marred by the news that the newly elected RAMSHA President was badly injured in a car wreck on his way to the day's events. Our appreciation to the other officers who stepped up and did a great job filling in.

    Message from outgoing President Don Lee:
  • Due to the recent loss of my wife Elizabeth and partner of 54 years I have been in a period of deep grief and sadness, so, Jon, Bill and Nancy have stepped up and worked on our Gathering for this year and They have done a great job too. So here is their outstanding plan for Gathering 2014. Come out and join us for a wonderful day. Bring a friend with you. Everyone is welcome.
    Don Lee - President
    Ruddell & Martin Stations Historical Association

  • RAMSHA Gathering 2014 was held on June 14 at Blue Licks State Park. This weekend was focused on the buffalo traces of frontier Kentucky, pathways of the hunters, militia & settlers of Ruddles (and Martins) Stations. The importance of places like the Lower Blue Licks and their connections with those forts.
    Our speaker was the very knowledgeable and engaging Quinton Tyree of the Park Staff who presented an analysis of the Battle of Blue licks fought, at the Park location August 19, 1782, by three Kentucky units of the Kentucky Militia versus the British and Indian forces. Second a three-person group from West Virginia, Thadd McClung, his son Ayden and Bill Hunt came as the King's 8th Regiment of Detroit who (along with Canadian militia and several hundred Indians) took the Kentucky forts in 1780. They gave a fascinating presentation of the uniform, gear, and firearm of a British Regular Soldier.
    President Don Lee made the announcment that he was stepping down and that fellow Co-Founder & 1st Vice President Jonathan Hagee (who was then unanimously elected) had been nominated by the Board to replace him. Jon was the first person to put up a Ruddles Station web site, is the descendant of more than one KY pioneer and RevWar soldier (is a Kenton descendant), including John Conway, Ruddles Station builder & founder, who was Jon's mother's 6th great grandfather. For the past 2 decades, Jon has been a frontier KY reenactor, lecturer & musician and has been instrumental in organizing many of our past Gatherings.
    A new officer role was then created; President Emeritus, of which the first person elected to fill that position was Don Lee.
    Following lunch at the Hidden Waters Restaurant of the Park, Jon Hagee and Quinton Tyree led the group to the junction of the Buffalo Trace and battlefield where they described the battle that had taken place there August 19, 1782. The pioneers had passed through the ruins of the abandoned Ruddells Station immediately before the Battle of Blue Licks.
    Then Jon led a caravan to Tanner's Station which is a recreated 1784 fortified blockhouse. From there he led the group to Nicholas County to the last cabin in Kentucky occupied by Daniel Boone and family prior to moving to Missouri. Next the caravan proceeded to Ruddles Mill to the Old Stonermouth Presbyterian Cemetery where Isaac and Elizabeth Bowman Ruddell are buried. Then the caravan drove by the old mill site on its way to the farm of Dunny and B. T. Darnell (who was with us all day) to the site of Ruddell's Station and the Burial Vault on the bank of the South Licking River.
  • The 2013 Gathering was on Saturday, June 22. After the program & lunch, we visited the Ruddles Station site.
  • There was no RAMSHA Gathering in 2012.
  • The 2011 Gathering was held at Biancke's Restaurant in Cynthiana, KY, featuring a wonderful performance by Mel Hankla as George Rogers Clark and some colonial music from our own 1st VP Jonathan Hagee ( reverbnation.com/JonathanHagee ). Following lunch we made our annual visit to the site of Ruddle's Station on the Licking River.

  • The RAMSHA officers made a presentation of thanks on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 to the Assembly Cafe.

  • The 2010 Gathering was held in the Kinnett Tavern June 26, 2010. Kinnett Tavern, a Federal Style Structure, was built in 1790 and sites along Bird's War Road in Falmouth, Kentucky.

    We were spellbound by The Eva Lail Story (Character presentation by Bonnie Strassell) and heard from Robert Francis, one of our beloved founding members, then discussed the Ruddell's Station bricks memorial project.

    We also heard from Ray Jackson (A Grant's Fort descendent) via videoconference:

    We hope this helps you understand the involvement of Grant's Station in the June 1780 incursion against the Kentucky Forts. It is our wish to involve these descendents in RAMSHA.

    After an excellent lunch at Assembly Cafe we walked down to the Licking River to the British & Indian landing site (Forks of the Licking) then motorcade along the exact road cut by Capt Bird and his forces as they went to attack Ruddells & Martin stations. This is the same route on which they returned with captives enroute back to Detroit.

    The day was ended with ceremony at Ruddle's Station near Cynthiana, Kentucky.

  • Gathering 2009 was our 11th anniversary, held at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds, Paris KY and featured a guided tour of Capt Henry Bird's War Road from Falmouth to the Stations.

  • The 2007 & 2008 Ruddles & Martin Stations Gatherings were held at The Historic Village of Ruddells Mill. Here is Don's report:

    On Friday, June 13 there will be a time for preparation and setting up equipment and tents, etc. Volunteers are welcome, so come on out and help. Our Gathering 2008 will be held on June 14 and 15. It will be a joint reunion with Historic Ruddles Mills, Inc., in the Village of Ruddles Mills, Kentucky. Our usual meeting will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 14 in the Ruddles Mills Christian Church shelterhouse across the street from the Church. We will conduct a business meeting to discuss the business of the association. The meeting will conclude with a lunch served at noon or there about. Antique and a flea market vendors will be set up in the village. At 3:30 p.m. there will be a tour of historical houses. Remember Ruddles Mills is one of the oldest continual settlements in Kentucky. First there is the Stephens House built before 1790 and hosted by owners BC and Beth Wyatt, then there is a tour of the Trabue House, two story log home built by Isaac Ruddell about 1790. This home has been totally and beautifully restored by the present owner Frank & Lally House. Frank is a master gun maker and personally made the blacksmith nails to match the original nails used by Isaac Ruddell. Frank also handmade the shakes for the roof with a drawknife. As I said Frank and Lally are very versatile and talented people. Frank made the weapons used in the Movies, Mel Gibson's "The Patriot," "Pirates of the Caribbean " and Russell Crow's "Master and Commander, far side of the world." Frank was Master Armor on "The Patriot" and made the rifles and pistols you see Mel Gibson use in the movie. Mel is a friend and has been a guest in their home. at 7:30 p.m. Frank and Lally will host a barbecue dinner under the trees on the grounds of Trabue House. This is a chance of a lifetime. The historic House tour and Dinner will be by "Ticket only." So you need to make arrangements to purchase tickets. We are doing this for security and privacy reasons. Sunday morning, June 15, 8:30, a.m. we will serve a Ham Breakfast at "The Foley Home." Start your day with The smell of ham, eggs and coffee served by Hostess and Historic Ruddles Mills President, Michelle Foley. at 1 p.m. "The Dedication" of the Isaac & Elizabeth Ruddell Monument in the Mouth of Stoner Cemetery. afterward we form a motorcade and proceed to a tour of the Ruddell & Martin Station Fort sites. Come join us for two exciting fun filled days.

    Don Lee, President
    RAMSHA
    859-322-6809

  • In the spring of 2007, we had a special event at a NEW reenactment of the 1780 attack on Ruddles Station.

    We had fifty RAMSHA members attending. Jon was there both as a reenactor and also representing the Simon Kenton family. Bill Overbey & Jon staffed the booth for RAMSHA, representing the John Conway family.

    The location was a beautiful new Kentucky State Park park called Boone's Station. This is the farm that Daniel Boone and his family established during and after the frontier era. This site has more reenactment information: http://fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.org/html/boone_station.html

    Here is the script for the drama/reenactment.

    Here are some photos:
    http://fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.org/html/april_2007.html


    Previous year's meeting topics for discussion included Jon Hagee's presentation on:

  • A Ruddles Station boy held captive for over a decade who even fought along with his Shawnee captives against Simon Kenton.
  • Another fort attacked at the same time as Ruddles and Martins.
  • Was the fort attacked twice, in the Spring as well as the Summer of1780 and what damage was done?

    We were unable to visit Martin's Station due to construction.

    In 2004, our own Jon Hagee made a presentation on the Early Frontier, including clothing, gear and other artifacts.

    In 2003 we were entertained and informed by Simon Kenton and SimonGirty/Shawnee authority Barbara Lehman of Urbana, Ohio who made a presentation on the Munger/Girty connection as well as background on the Shawnee, who participated in the capture of Ruddles and Martin's Stations.

    In 2002 Archaeologist Nancy O'Malley brought us exciting news from the Ruddles Station site and we enjoyed a uniformed flintlock salute by the Sons of the American Revoution. In 2001, Donald Drewry who dresses 1780's entertained us with period music and storytelling.

    Here is a list of area lodging, dining and other points of interest, etc.

    Questions to Don Lee at (859)654-3848 or RAMSHA1780@aol.com.

  • Jon Hagee's (the original) Ruddle's Station page.

  • Our comprehensive Ruddle's and Martin's Fort Research Site. Our sincere thanks to founding member Bob Francis.

  • I have gathered some research on Grant's Station which was also attacked June 1780.

  • Join the RUDDLESFORT Discussion Group hosted by Rootsweb. The group is designed to bring together folks interested in this event and time period. To join this group, all you have to do is follow the directions given below:
    RUDDLESFORT Mailing List to subscribe send message to ruddlesfort-l-request@rootsweb.com. In body of message put only"subscribe". This mailing list comes to you Courtesy of Jon Hagee and Bob Francis.

  • President's Report of the 2002 Gathering.

  • Lodging and Attractions in the Ruddle's and Martin's Stations area.

  • Join RAMSHA.


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