This is my first time coming, and I will be at the tour of
Ruddle's station, and would like to go
on the Bird's War Road option, and everything else you have planned. I am coming from
Thanks for your efforts to get this organized. It looks like a great series of events!
I will be there, Jon. Thank you and the others for all the work you
This will be my first visit too and I am looking forward to being there.
Freida Martin Shoemaker
Madison County, KY
Hi Russell & Freida,
Great to hear from both of you, and that this will be your first time!
Please join our Facebook group and sign up for a tour option.
If someone is not able to use FB, email me privately, I'll add you to the list.
Here is the poll I just posted on FB:
IF you have never been to the (private) site of Ruddles Station and would like to visit it
June 22 OR Saturday morning June 23, please choose one option in this poll.
Please do not vote if you have been before. OR, if you are not sure if you would do this
At this point, we are only polling for a specific group pf people, thanks!
Friday - Ruddles Station, Ruddles Mills Cemetery
Friday - Ruddles Station (only)
Saturday early morning - Ruddles Station (only)
Friday - Ruddles Station, Birds War Road AND Ruddles Mills
Friday - Ruddles Station, Birds War Road
Jon - event coordinator
From: jhagee(a)frontierfolk.net <jhagee(a)frontierfolk.net>
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:39 AM
Subject: [RUDDLESFORT] RAMSHA Gathering - 2018
Dear RAMSHA members,
Here is an update on plans for the 2018 Gathering on June 23.
Starting on Friday, there will be a pre-Gathering tour of the Ruddles station site (also
of Bird's War Road and/or the cemetery at Ruddles Mills if requested). This is a
special tour for
those that have not been to the station site. Please let us know if you would like to
in that so we know to plan to have that or not, and to tailor it to your preference.
Also, if you can't come Friday (and have not been to the station site), we can have
pre-Gathering visit to the RS property early Saturday morning.
On to the main program:
The 2018 Gathering is on Saturday, June 23, in conjunction with a weekend historical
Fort Harrod State Park. This is an annual reenactment, based on the 1780 attacks. The
- You get to see Fort Harrod, built on the original site. Many of our ancestors were
spent time in
other forts, and Fort Harrod was one of the most important.
"In June of 1777 [Jesse Conway] marched under the command of Colonel John Bowman to
where he was under the command of Colonel Boon... in the fall of 1778, the Fort was
the Indians who kept up the siege for nine days and nights... In the spring of 1779 he
Harrodsburgh and enlisted again in the company commanded by Captain Isaac Riddle... and
at a fort on Licking River and served till the 24th of June 1780 when the fort was taken
whole garrison made prisoners and the fort was burnt by the British and Indians."
[from Jesse Conway's deposition, Sept. 5, 1832]
Here is a slide show of a past reenactment:
2010 Old Fort Harrod Settlement &
2010 Old Fort Harrod Settlement & Raid
- I have negotiated a special deal for us with the park, your cost for the day is $10 per
and includes admission to the fort/reenactment, your lunch and a special concert that
- We will have our meeting during the day in a private meeting area.
- We will also have an update on our efforts to do Magnetic and Ground Penetrating Radar
Ruddles Station fort & battlefield site.
- We have an optional After Hours Gathering, dinner at a local restaurant, then a concert
of my very favorite Traditional Scottish/Irish bands, Father, Son and Friends.
- Descendants will be recognized during the day.
- We will need volunteers to be at our booth to tell people about RAMSHA, sell books,
own people, etc.
- The event also has various historic demonstrations, fort tours, music, reenactor native
settler camps. This is quite different from the Descendant's Day at Fort
Boonesborough (if you
were able to attend that a couple years ago).
Let me know if you have any questions. There are more details to work out, but I hope
this is the
framework you need to make your plans.
A look ahead at tentative future RAMSHA Gathering plans. 2019 to be at Blue Licks State
a special R&MS-based reenactment for 2020.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone, our friends & family!
Jon Hagee - President RAMSHA
Don Lee & Bill Overbey - RAMSHA Officers