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Ruddell’s Station Burial Vault
Recently, BT and Dunny Darnell, property owners at Ruddell Fort site,
notified me of a problem with the Burial Vault. If you are not familiar with
the burial vault it is a vault dug into the South Licking River bank. Many of
you have seen it. When British Capt Henry Bird’s forces attacked the
station in 1780 approximately 27 people were killed. Later the Lail family built
the vault in the bank and buried their family members. They also recovered
the remains of those killed at the fort and placed them in the vault. Each
year we visit the vault and pay homage to the dead within. It is believed
that many of us in RAMSHA have family members there.
I met with BT Darnell and conducted an examination of the site in which I
found the column and archway leading to the vault has moved several inches
and the stones had separated several inches to the point of making it very
unstable. The stone wall in front of the vault has sunk and eroded the dirt
making it also very unstable. It is certain that if something is not done
soon this could all fall into the river making the vault inaccessible and
endangering the vault as well.
Mr. Darnell has contacted a contractor who is well known for his
expertise in stone work. He has done work on some of the stone walls along US 27 in
Kentucky if you are familiar with those. He can rebuild the wall and the
archway and retain the original look while stabilizing the site. He has
given a bid of $4,600.00. While this seems like a lot it will not be easy due
to the limited accessibility of the vault.
Bt Darnell, Bill Overbey and I met with Harrison County Historical Society
and presented the problem after which they pledged $2,000.00. We have
agreed that any donations be made to BT Darnell. We need to get moving on this
as soon as possible. Winter, weather and the river are the enemy. We urge
anyone who can donate to do so. Any amount is needed. We have pledges of
$3,000.00 so far and will need an additional $1600.00 right away. If you can
help make a check to Ruddell & Martin Stations, note on the check “Burial
Vault”. Please, any amount, small are large. Whatever you can afford. Any
amount that might be left over, if any, will be placed in a maintenance fund.
Please help us to preserve this very venerated and historical site. Time
is of the essence. We must move on this right away. Your officers, Jon,
Bill, Les and I are of one accord on this.
Check to Ruddell & Martin Stations
Send to Ruddell & Martin Stations
618 Buckeye Hills Rd.
Falmouth, KY 41040
Ruddell & Martin Stations