Department of Parks
Reenactment of the Ruddle’s Station Massacre Scheduled for April 21-22 At Boone Station State Park
ATHENS, Ky. – Boone Station State Park in Fayette County will host the “Reenactment of the Ruddle’s Station Massacre” April 21-22.
The Boone Station site will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday. The reenactment will be held at each day.
Ruddle’s Station, located in current-day Harrison County, was attacked by Capt. Henry Byrd and his British and Indian troops in 1780 during the Revolutionary War. About 20 residents were killed at the site. Survivors were forced march to Detroit, where they remained prisoners for the remainder of the war.
There will be ongoing living history interpretation throughout the day featuring 18th century period demonstrations, camps, merchants and traders, and re-enactors who portray settlers, Native Americans, British military, hunters, scouts, and others. There will also be descendants of the people who were at Ruddle’s Station in 1780 present during this weekend.
To get to Boone Station State Park, take exit 104 off Interstate 75 and go east on Athens-Boonesborough Road approximately 1 ½ miles to a four-way stop in Athens. Turn left onto Cleveland Road (KY 1973), and go 1/10 mile to Gentry Road on the right. Turn onto Gentry Road and go approximately 1/2 mile to the Boone Station site on the left.
The price for admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children 12 and under, under 6 is free.
For more information, call Fort Boonesborough State Park at 859-527-3131.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov