Hello from the great little historical town of Adairville, Kentucky, A town rich in history, beautiful homes, very pretty gardens, lovely churches, friendly people and a highly rated school. A great place to raise children and or retire.
Here are just a few important places, people and events that make our town so special.:
• 1700s boyhood home of Peter Cartwright. Cartwright lived his early life just west of town in a small frame house near the banks of the Red River. His father operated several salt peter mines on the family property. Cartwright was a part of the Second Great Awakening centered at the Red River Meeting House. He moved to Illinois, became a Methodist minister, ran for congress and barely lost to a young Abraham Lincoln, went on to be a major leader in the Methodist Church, preached into his 80s and went down in history as one of the great preacher orators of the 1800s. More than 30 books have been written about the man.
• The Red River Meeting House near the north branch of the Red River. One of the famous locations where the Second Great Spiritual Awakening occurred over several years in the early 1800s. The movement reinvigorated a new wave of Christianity in America.
• The Hite House, west of town, where Frank and Jesse James stayed many times with one of their aunts and her family. (Their father grew up outside of Adairville. All of his brothers and sisters married and lived with their families in Adairville.) This is where Frank and Jesse stayed off and on for over three years. A number of the gang members came from young cousins who lived near buy.
• “The lower popular bottoms” or old Burr Farm where the famous Jackson-Dickenson Duel was fought. One of the two most famous duels in American History. It is sometimes referred to as the “murder of Charles Dickenson by Andrew Jackson.” Jackson went on to become a powerful and very influential President of the United States.
• Aaron Burr who lost out becoming President of the USA by one electoral vote and did become the third Vice President of the USA. He was very popular in Kentucky and was considered a man of the people. He had relatives in Adairville and visited a number of times. In fact he has a large number of decedents in Logan County and neighboring Robertson County, Tennessee.
• Colonel J. Barbee who built the first permanent bridge across the Cumberland River in Nashville in the early 1800s. He also built many bridges in northern Tennessee and southern Kentucky. He was considered one of the great bridge builders in America and helped open up territories that had previously been very hard to reach. He too has many decedents in and near Adairville.
• Cook’s Cave and in recent years called Savage Cave is one of the most important caves in America. Home to human life for more than 10,000 years and possibly as far back as 20,000 years. Several great museums in America have historical items from this cave including the Smithsonian and Carnegie Museums. Several universities also have many important relics from this cave. The cave is possibly one of the three oldest sites in America where ancient man was found and is considered more important than Mammoth Cave.
• Next week I will add several more important pieces of information to this list.
Time to go. Good night “sweet Bertie Angel” and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.