Red River Meeting House a busy place

Posted on January 1, 0001 12:00 AM

The last few weeks have been buys at Red River Meeting House near Adairville, as they always are in the fall. The annual potluck dinner and meeting was held the second Sunday in September. Then the annual Primitive Camp Meeting and Rendezvous was held the second weekend in October. Both drew a large turnout.


The following is more information from the historic venue’s newsletter:



Site of the 2nd Great Awakening in Logan County, Ky

Calendar of Events

4thAnnual Christmas Service (after the Schochoh Christmas Parade at 4 p..m) Dec. 2

1st Sunday of every month – church services at 3 p.m. – speakers vary


Find and read a copy of Muzzleloadermagazine (Mar/Apr 2011 edition), because Mark Sage has done a wonderful article about the revival in 1800. Glenn Stanley was so impressed that he not only wrote the editor, but visited the meeting house. You can see his letter in Muzzleloadermagazine (Jan/Feb 2012 edition) and another story by Mark Sage on Daniel Boone. Sage has also written a story about Simon Kenton's conversion in Muzzleloadermagazine (Nov/Dec 2008 edition).

Melanie Meadow is writing a historical fiction book that will be centered around RRMH, and Crystal Chapman, a graduate student, has begun doing preliminary research for a possible thesis on RRMH. We look forward to reading these.

Crystal has offered to share information about the contents of Ms. Cheek's papers, which include copies from her collection, plus several books including James McGready's sermons, his various accounts, Barton Stone's & Peter Cartwright's account and many other books and resources old and new.

Movie Time

Be sure and watch Amazing Animals this fall!! You will see some familiar people and at a familiar place. A 5-minute movie about George Washington will be included in a 15 minute segment about honeybees. The movie was filmed at RRMH. Familiar faces will be Harold Maxwell, James Moore and Tom Ruley. Tracey Resner, from Glasgow, is the young lady in the film with her horse. Thank you to Steve Griesen of Reel Productions, Michael Dalton of Watered Down Productions and Rick Revel, who portrays George Washington. The film was made on Oct 28, 2011.


Sewing days

The Moores, Vanns, Ruleys and Goves enjoyed getting a little work done on projects. A rowdy game of Mexican Train (a twist on the game Dominoes) was enjoyed by some while others worked. The food was delicious and the fellowship sweet. The Schochoh Community Center is such a great place for working on large projects, but small turnouts are causing us to pause before scheduling another sewing day for 2013.

Mrs. Teddy Saulmon

Even in death Mrs. Saulmon is helping out the meeting house. Contributions in her memory have been pouring in since her death on May 6, 2012. Her daughter, Conchita Mitchell, said, “Mama was very proud of her family connection to Red River. It meant a great deal to her that we keep it vital.” We truly missed her at the annual dinner/business meetings each September. When tornado warnings forced us to have our meeting at the Schochoh Community Center (2008), Mrs. Saulmon shared her memories of RRMH in years past. We all greatly enjoyed her stories.

She was also instrumental in helping us to locate Martha B. Cheek's research papers that are now housed in the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, thanks to William H. Greer Jr.

A marble bench is being placed by her family in the RRMH cemetery in her memory. She has many ancestors buried in the cemetery, such as Townsend, Boyd, Offutt, Barker, Ewing, McLean to name a few.

Blanket/Trade Days

The weather and speakers were wonderful! Activities, shopping, selling, trading, picnicking, potluck in the cabin, kids playing games were just a few of the things going on. Gerry Barker spoke on how reenactors can put their personnas together and Parson John (Frank Jarboe) officiated the sacrament service on Sunday morning. It was a terrific weekend!

History Club

Emily McElfresh tells us: This spring, high school students Mara Cobb, Rebecca McElfresh, Mariah Miller, Morgan Scott, and Titus Smith, all members of the Logan County History Hoots, a chapter of the Kentucky Junior Historical Society (KJHS), created an exhibit featuring Red River Meeting House, the title being “Awakening the World.” Sharing information about RRMH and spreading the gospel was the focus of the project. RRMH was a perfect fit for this year’s KJHS competition theme: “Reaction, Revolution, and Reform.” The exhibit included facts and photos of RRMH, as well as a replica. The group competed in Owensboro in March and advanced to the state competition held in Frankfort in April.

Since then, the exhibit has been on display in local libraries. In the state competition they received kind and encouraging comments from the judges, even though they won’t be advancing to nationals. Still, they got the word out, which is what they set out to do. Titus Smith did a great job with his very evangelistic style message during the presentation to the judges. They have been praying that someone would come to Christ because of this project. They were the speakers at the annual meeting.

Dewayne Bruce's Group

Prayer groups from around Kentucky and Tennessee gathered at RRMH in May for a 24-hour time of prayer. Peter Dunn from Australia was doing a prayer walk across Kentucky and included RRMH and Cane Ridge in his travels. Word went out and those seeking God showed up. Many of them met for the first time that day, yet enjoyed a wonderful time in prayer seeking God for our nation and camping out on the grounds.

Girl Scouts Honor Our Heroes for Memorial Day

A Girl Scout Troop, #443 from Coopertown, Tenn., placed 17 flags in the cemetery. Troop members were Shelby, Sarah, and Kylie; they are Girl Scout Seniors, Silver Award recipients, and sophomores at Springfield High School. Their leader is Toni Guffey. The girls enjoyed the service project and learning more about the history of Red River Meeting House.  RRMH appreciates their service. 

List of Interred:

Robert Dolan Wooden, MSGT, USAF

Robert Dan Scott, CPL, US Army

George F. Meyer, Jr., S1, US Navy WWII

Marion A. Brown, PVT, US Army, Spanish/American War

Evans Hampton, US Navy WWI

William Henry Warren, COH8, Tennessee Cavalry, Confederate States Army

George Thomas Mantlo, PVT, WWI

Lewis G. Bromm, US Army, WWII

Vernon Wooden, OM2, US Navy, WWII

John Jefferson Grayson, PVT, Virginia Infantry, War of 1812

Robert E. Townsend,  (Tour marker #6)

Robert Henry Hayes, Civil War (Tour marker #19)

William Henry Warren, COH8, Tennessee Cavalry, Confederate States Army

Archibald M. Campbell, General, War of 1812 & Kentucky State Militia (Tour

marker #25)

Robert Paisley, CPT, Revolutionary War (Tour marker #18)

Robert Ewing, General, Revolutionary War, War of 1812 (Tour marker #9)

John Sprout, COL

Tour markers are part of the self-guided cemetery tour.Pamphlets are located on the back of the wooden kiosk.


Summer School

June 4 brought 16 excited tweens to RRMH for a day of history. They enjoyed tombstone rubbings, hatchet throwing, homemade butter, gun and cannon firing to name a few. Much appreciation to Darlene Gooch for including RRMH in her curriculum. Steve and Laura Gove kept everyone interested with their traveling museum and drop spindle. Thank you to Tom and Dreama Ruley for sharing history with the children.


Many people have not been pleased when they see how the pulpit was vandalized with carvings and inappropriate markings, but Corey Page decided to do something about it. A replica has been built to replace the abused pulpit and now a beautiful, new place to preach is in the house.

Holy Matrimony

Simeon England and Shelley Scher were married in a private ceremony on June 18, 2012 by Rev. Frank Jarboe. Carol Jarboe and Dreama Ruley were witnesses while Cathy Poppy photographed the happy occasion. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. England, for choosing RRMH for your ceremony and reception. This was their first visit to RRMH.

Rifle Raffle

Mike Miller is working on another rifle to benefit RRMH. A few years ago his expert craftsmanship produced a generous start to the funds for a bathroom/pavillion. Hopefully this next gun will produce the rest that is needed so construction can begin soon. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through Richard Moore 270-539-6528 or Tom Ruley 270-586-7632. You can also purchase tickets on the website ( through a Paypal button.

Repairs and Bids

The meetinghouse is still needing repairs. Bids are being taken so if your company would like to make a bid, please call Richard Moore at270-539-6528. State Representative Martha Jane King has found a grant from the state that will take care of the repairs. We need to work quickly so we won't lose this money to another historical site.

RRMH is a very busy place. If your group would like to use the grounds for services, picnics, weddings, or whatever, you need to let Richard Moore know so he can reserve your date. September is filling up with activities. Praise the Lord!


*Beverly Schallert from Albuquerque, N.M., visited Red River recently and noticed that Anaphileda Watson Townsend's gravestone was a newer stone. She is asking if anyone knows when this happened and by whom. She would be interested in communicating with anyone with Townsend connections. She may be reached by email at
*Larry Ethridge of Denver, Col., also recently visited Red River and is the great, great, great, great grandson of Ambrose Maulding. He would be interested in connecting with anyone that is of the Maulding descent. He may be contacted by email or phone (303) 985-9197.
*Tom, Gail and Derek Tucker visited recently and they saw the gravesites of the Orndorff, McPherson, and Jiants which are their ancestors. If you would like to contact them, please email or call (480) 586-0513.
*Don Campbell of Ruidoso, N.M., is the great, great, great, grandson of Archibald Campbell. Archibald married Elizabeth McCurdy. Don would like to make contact with anyone connected with the Campbell family and also would like to know more about Elizabeth McCurdy. You may contact him at

Mr. Campbell also pointed out a mistake in our self guided cemetery tour. General Archibald Campbell's death date is 5 September, 1829, not 8 September, 1829. Thank you, Don.

Newsletter Items

If you would like to put something in the newsletter, please contact Dreama Ruley at We send newsletters to 31 states, Canada and to the United Kingdom. Many thanks to Hillvue Heights Church in Bowling Green for the use of their copy machine. Emails will really save on the cost of postage and the emails will not be given out to anyone else. They are for RRMH only!!

Be sure and put “red river” or “RRMH” in the subject box when contacting us.

All donations are tax deductible and should be made out to:

Red River Meeting House Association

c/o Richard Moore

2459 Trimble Rd

Adairville, KY 42202


Please note on your check what project you are donating to (pavilion/bathrooms, postage or meetinghouse repairs). You can also donate on the website through the Pay Pal account. Donations are appreciated.

From the President's Corner:

As I attended the July 1st service at Red River, I picked up the registry sheet and noticed how far and wide people come to visit this very dear and sacred place. There were local people from Logan and Simpson counties, and as far away as Denver, Col.; Belleville, Ill.; and Mesa, Ariz. People are drawn to this place through either finding relatives buried in the cemetery or just to have some quiet time with God. This newsletter as was mentioned earlier goes out far and wide, both locally and to 31 states, Canada and the United Kingdom. Please feel free to email, phone or write me to let me know how Red River has affected you.

Richard Moore



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