12th Annual RAMSHA Officer Meeting
The 12th Annual Meeting of Ruddell & Martin Stations Historical
Association Officers was held 11:30 am, Thursday, February 25, 2010. Present were:
President Don Lee, 1st Vice President Jon Hagee, 2nd Vice President Bill
Overbey and Sec/Treasurer Elizabeth Lee. The meeting was held at 11:30 am, at
the Assembly Café, Falmouth , Ky.
The first topic on the agenda was a discussion of dues. Elizabeth reported
that dues were few and far between. Except for the Faithful few, members
are just not paying their dues and it has seriously effected our checking
account balance. Much of which effects how we carry out our commitments to
this organization. It was suggested that we communicate this to the members.
So, if you have not paid dues for 2010 sit down now and make out a check
for $15.00 for a single membership or $20.00 for a family membership, We wish
to express our appreciation to those loyal members for their support
throughout the years. If you are not one of faithful few please jump on the
wagon with us. To achieve our goals we need your support.
The next topic of discussion was Gathering 2010. After discussion it was
agreed that we would meet at the Historic 1790 Kennett Tavern in Downtown
Falmouth, KY. After our Gathering 2010 meeting in the n conference room we
would proceed across the street to the Historic Assembly Built for a buffet
lunch in the Assembly Café.
Historic Kennett Tavern is a federal style brick building built about
1790, located at the corner of Main and Shelby Streets. Main Street was
formally known as “Bird’s War Road. Nearby is a Historical Marker marking Bird’s
War Road. The street is on the very path over which Bird’s troops moved on
their way to attack Ruddell and Martin Stations. Kennett Tavern was a
Stagecoach stop on the road between Ft Washington (Cincinnati) and Lexington.
Restored after the Flood of 1997, it is the oldest Federal style building in
the State of Kentucky.
We talked about the Memorial Brick project and how to arrange priorities
for the different names and families. No decisions were reach, We will keep
working on it. We need a commitment from the brick maker to hold to 2009
The possiblity of having the King’s 8th regiment, a reenactment group,
from Detroit, to come down in 2011, was discussed. The King’s 8th is a group
representing Capt Bird’s Regiment. They are a colorful group who travel
around doing reenactments and drills. I have talked with Dan O’Connell who is
in charge and he is in favor of coming to Kentucky. This is exciting. I
will keep you posted.
Next on the agenda was a discussion of a motorcade over Bird’s War to Bird’
s Crossing at Boyd Station. Following the war road to Ruddell and Martin
Stations. We did this last year with great success and it was noted that a
number of people had requested that we do it again. We unanimously agreed.
We also discussed the cleanup of Spears Cemetery in Harrison County. It
was agreed the work should start in March, weather permitting. We also talked
about the goals and purposes of this organization, We renewed our
commitment to those goals.
All your officers were in agreement
Don Lee- President
Jon Hagee- 1st Vice President
Bill Overbey- 2nd Vice President/ Recording Sec.
Elizabeth Lee- Sec/Treasurer
After lunch we adjourned our meeting and went across the street where we
were given a tour of Kennett Tavern, Much can be said about the tour and the
building, but it came out the same, we were awe stricken. The restoration
was done with a grant and much attention was paid to keeping it original.
It was indeed a masterful job. We also got to look at the upper rooms which
have remained basically the same for some 220 years. We were struck with
the thought that this building was constructed along Bird’s Road just 10
years after our Ancestors passed by as prisoners on their way to Detroit.
So, Gathering 2010 will be held in the conference room at Kennett Tavern
at 9 am, Saturday, June 26, 2010. We will be given a tour of the building.
After our meeting we will cross the street To the Assembly Tavern for ”an
all you can eat” Buffet Lunch of Roast beef, fried chicken, green beans,
mashed potatoes, corn and Mac and cheese. The lunch will cost $7.00, not
including drinks. Your officers all agreed the food is excellent!
After lunch we will walk a short distance to the confluence of the South
Licking and the main Licking River to the place Captain Bird and his
entourage landed. It was here they built shelters to store supplies and equipment.
He left his boats and canoes and went overland.
From there we will travel by motorcade over Bird’s Road, The very road
over which Captain Bird and his group moved enroute to attack Ruddell and
Martin Stations. This is the same route on which the prisoners walked on their
way to captivity in Detroit. You will be given a handheld walkie-talkie
radio to be used for communication during the tour. Over this radio we will
provide descriptions of what we will see while enroute. If you have a
walkie-talkie bring it with you.
From Falmouth we will travel over the Broadford Road (Bird’s Road) past
Boyd Station to Bird’s Crossing on the South Licking. Here you will walk on
an old dirt road, a remaining actual section of the road Bird built. A dirt
road where the feet of our ancestors once tread. Hopefully, weather and
river permitting, you will stand on Bird’s Crossing. From there we will go
south following very closely the actual road first cut by the British Forces.
We will pass Cynthiana and visit both Ruddell and Martin Fort sites. This
will include a visit to the River bank burial vault. Our day will end
sipping ice tea on the porch of our Host Mary Clay at Martin Station. Bring
your camera, you are going to need it. This will be a fun filled day that you
will long remember.
A gentle reminder: Please send your dues today!