Ruddell's and Martin's Stations Historic Association

Martin's Station and

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 (Ruddles & Martins Stations Historical Association)
Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Location: Blue Licks State Park ,*Worthington Lodge, Arlington Meeting Room
Time: 9am-4:30pm
Lunch Buffet: $10.98 for adults, age 6-12 $2.95, 5 & under free

This weekend we will focus 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 will be the very knowledgeable and engaging Paul Tierney, Park Naturalist. Lunch will be from the buffet at "Hidden Springs" restaurant in the adjoining dining room. After our meeting, we will bring our food back from the buffet into our reserved room.

Potential stops before leaving the park will be the 1782 Blue Licks battlefield, the recreated 1784 fort, "Tanner's Station", the Blue Licks ford at the Licking (some can take the short hike (1/4 mile) from the fort to the spring).

Then leaving Blue Licks, heading to Ruddles Station, we will be taking the original Blue Licks to Ruddles Station route, following the actual buffalo roads which ran right by the fort. We'll stop at Daniel Boone's Cabin in Nicholas County, and the village of Ruddles Mills (location of the final resting place of Captain Ruddle and site of his post-war mill). We will end the day at the actual site of Ruddles Station where we will see the original monument to Hinkston/Ruddles and the Lair family vault containing the remains of the settlers killed on site.

* Rooms can be rented at the lodge: Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park 10299 Maysville Rd. Carlisle, KY 40311 Phone: (859) 289-5507

Directions: From Maysville, KY take US 68 south to Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, From Lexington, KY, take US 68 north, From Georgetown, KY (I-75) take US 460 east to Paris, KY, and then north on US 68. From Cynthiana take Rt 32/36 east to US 68 and then north to Blue Licks Park.

  • The last Gathering was on Saturday, June 22, 2013. 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 ( ). Following lunch we made our annual visit to the site of Ruddle's Station on the Licking River.

  • The RAMSHA officers made a presentation on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 at 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

  • 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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