Ruddell's and Martin's Stations Historic Association

Martin's Station and

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 13, 2015.

    The day begins with a visit to Ruddles Station (Cynthiana, KY) and then moves to Fort Boonesborough State Park (Winchester/Richmond, KY). Our afternoon program will be in association with the Ft. Boonesborough weekend event, A Gathering of Descendants.

    8:30am - Meet at parking lot, corner of Pike and Church Street (200 S. Church St.), near the First United Methodist Church & Leona's in Cynthiana, KY 41031.
    8:45 - Caravan to Ruddles Station, (unmarked, private property) on Licking River.
    9:00am - Ceremony at Ruddles Station. (Fort site, monument, mausoleum.)
    10:00 - Leave for Fort Boonesborough (recreated 1775 fort, similar to Ruddles/Martins Stations).
    11:30am - Orientation film/registration/intro-agenda (for our group).
    12:00 - Lunch at Ft. BB (concessions provided by the BB "Friends" group).
    12:30 - Shuttle to Kentucky River, original BB fort site.
    1:00pm - Nancy O'Malley - tour of original fort site on the KY River (archaeology)
    2:00 - Afternoon activities (free time) (genealogy, exhibits, archaeology, "Hands On History", etc.)
    3:00pm - Colonial Music concert in Boonesborough Tavern
    Jonathan Hagee - Colonial Balladeer
    4:00 - Afternoon activities (free time) (artifacts, book signings, KY long rifle demo, etc.)
    4:30pm - Meeting (RAMSHA)
    5:30 - Leave the fort/park
    6:00pm - Short hike on Lower Howard's Creek (pioneer/Indian route N. from BB to Ruddles & Blue Licks).
    7:00pm - Supper at Halls on the River, site of early pioneer settlement, mouth of LH Creek (on KY R.).

    Note: Restaurant & hiking trail (not strenuous) are at the same location.

    Sunday - 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 Boonesborough, called “A Gathering of Descendants” which is geared towards research of families on the frontier & at Ft BB.

    - Excluding meals, the event cost will be under $10.

    Holder Trail, mouth of Lower Howard's Creek (on the Kentucky River):

    Halls on the River

    Here is a description of the Fort Boonesborough event:
    “A Gathering of Descendants” – June 13/14, 2015 – 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 Filson Club, 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. A Colonial Music Concert will take place with RAMSHA President/Boonesborough Descendant Jon Hagee at 3:00 PM on Saturday. This event is free with regular paid admission to the fort.

    Jon Hagee
    RAMSHA President
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    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.
    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 Hagee 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.
  • 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

  • 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:

    Here is the script for the drama/reenactment.

    Here are some photos:

    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

  • 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 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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