Red River Awakenings for February 2017
By Tom Ruley

Posted on February 17, 2017 10:57 AM

RED RIVER MEETINGHOUSE HISTORICAL MARKER: Logan County representative for the Kentucky Historical Marker Program Carl Foster has contacted us that a campaign is underway to raise enough funds to get the RRMH state marker replaced. He is working diligently to see that this gets done by fall of this year if we can get all the monies raised soon. If you would like to contribute, please make your check payable to “Red River Meetinghouse and Cemetery Association” and designate in the memo section of your check that you are donating toward the “marker.” We appreciate Carl and what he is doing.


9th Spring Blanket Trade Day will be March 31 - April 2. Many living historians work all winter producing clothing and period correct items to sell, and our trade faire is their first stop of the season. Items for sale are not limited to just reenacting, we also welcome trade blankets or tables with modern yard sale goods. You never know what you’ll find. This is a very informal, relaxed, interesting event with a fun blend of period correct and modern items.

Schedule of Events
Friday (All Day) - Setup of tents and blankets
Saturday (All Day) - Main trade day
Activities will be announced
Saturday Night - Return of the trading game! Lots of fun and a camp favorite!
Sunday 10 a.m
. - Sunday Morning Service with Parson John (Frank Jarboe)

Sunday (After Church Service) - Tear down and packing



If your group or church would like to use the restroom facilities, the policy is $100 to rent; and $100 cleaning deposit which you will get back if facilities are clean upon inspection. Write two checks to Red River Meeting House. Application form is on the website: or contact Richard Moore 270-539-6528.

Many groups have already enjoyed the modern facilities and we were thrilled to have them during our recent events and Christmas celebration.

67th ANNUAL ASSOCIATION MEETING was Sept 11, 2016. The weather was absolutely perfect for our annual dinner. The participants enjoyed visiting under the shade trees as the children ran and played. Everyone was very happy with our new restroom facilities and anxious to begin raising funds for the pavilion that will be attached to the restrooms. Our speaker, Rick Gregory, was very educational and entertaining with stories about this area. The music was so beautiful. We greatly appreciated Derek Guyer, Steve & Joyce Vann for leading us in worship.



Evelyn Richardson, local historian, met the Leadership Logan class on Sept. 15 and told the history of the RRMH. She also met a group from Scottsville United Methodist Church on Sept. 25 and presented a history of RRMH.

Steve and Laura Gove met on Nov. 1 with Jennifer Jenkins’ 8th grade class of Adairville School presenting the history of the meetinghouse, showing them items from their traveling museum and giving demonstrations.

Volunteers attended the Red River Tales in Adams, Tenn. on Sept. 25 to set up a booth of RRMH momentos and history. Tom Ruley and Evan Hollingsworth demonstrated their long hunter rifles. Dreama Ruley, Richard and Darlynn Moore greeted people by sharing the history of the meetinghouse.

We appreciate our many volunteers who come and meet with various groups to give the rich heritage and demonstrations throughout the year.

21st ANNUAL PRIMITIVE CAMPMEETING AND RENDEZVOUS was Oct. 14-16. We greatly appreciated our speakers, Johnie Baldwin and Derek Guyer, for such timely sermons. The wedding of Hunter Adams and Beth Operia was beautiful and enjoyed by all. For more details and photos about such a great weekend, please visit and click on NEWS.

SCHOCHOH CHRISTMAS PARADE AND CANDLELIGHT SERVICE at RRMH was Dec. 4. Our reenactors participated in the parade and enjoyed the Christmas service at the meetinghouse that afternoon. We were blessed with the Guyer children singing, music by Steve and Joyce Vann, Gloria Ambuske and Laura Gove. Our speaker was Bro. Brad Rogers of New Vision in Russellville. The service is headed by Darlynn Moore, who does such a wonderful job with it. Thanks to her sister, Diane Krulik, for helping make the meetinghouse so festive. We had a good crowd with out of town guests and a sweet presence of the Lord.


We recently received an inspiring letter from a grandfather about how his granddaughter has been greatly influenced and we are thrilled to share this with our readers:

Several years ago I took a church group to the Red River Meeting House as part of our visits to historical sites which have a religious connection. Our young granddaughter, Callie, was one in attendance.  She was probably early elementary school age at the time. Callie is now a 7th grader at JoByrns at Cedar Hill, TN.  She recently had to complete a project for her Social Studies Class. The topic she chose for her project was the Meeting House. She was selected to present her project in the regionals at Austin Peay University in late February. I thought you might like knowing how your group preserving this place has touched a young mind. The family hopes to go to the Meeting House this weekend to take current photos of her.

Johnny Tucker

Please allow me to reiterate that YOUR support has made this possible. Donations and volunteers have kept this special place presentable and available.


REGULAR SERVICES AT RRMH: Since 2008, non-denominational services that are open to the public have been taking place at 3:00 p.m. on the 1st Sunday of each month. It is a time of prayer, devotion/preaching and fellowship at the Red River Meetinghouse. You may contact Tom Ruley 270-586-7632 or Richard Moore 270-539-6528 for further information.

LOCAL SUPPORTER: Terri Holliday, owner of The Grapevine, in Adairville, (opens 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday) has some of our momentos for sale. These include the Christmas ornament, wooden block collectible, notecards, etc. The proceeds from these items help to support the upkeep of the meetinghouse and cemetery. When people come to visit the meetinghouse, this gives them the opportunity to visit her store and gives the visitor a chance to purchase and support our site. Adairville is only approximately five miles southwest of the meetinghouse and cemetery. Our appreciation goes out to Terri Holliday for allowing us this opportunity.

CEMETERY NEWS: Our cemetery has approximately 400 graves (the open area has missing tombstones) and is a beautiful, historical place to visit. There are pamphlets for a self-guided cemetery tour on the back of the wooden kiosk as you enter from the parking lot. Thanks to Darlynn Moore who put this together and #26 Private John Jefferson Grayson has been added on our pamphlets.


Several of you may not know that our five-year-old grandson, Charlie Moore, was diagnosed on Oct. 21, 2016 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. As we journey this storm, we ask for your patience in answering phone calls, emails, text, etc. concerning RRMH. As this is strictly a volunteer position, we will always strive to continue taking care of the meetinghouse and grounds. We hold on to our faith and ask that you pray for our grandson and family. There is truly power in prayer and there is healing in Jesus' name. In 2017, have a blessed year and remember to give thanks to God and give Him the glory.

Richard Moore

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