May 30, 2013
Hello from the historic little town of Adairville, Kentucky sitting between the two branches of the Red River on what has been called the ”big island” for several centuries.
The place has some of the richest farm land in America and unknown to most is riddled with caves throughout the entire island. The north branch of the Red River has at least eight cave openings near or on the river. The south branch has even more. For centuries both people and animals inhabited these caves.
These were the places they took shelter in times of trouble or danger. They also offered burial sites and protection from cold winters. Sitting less than two miles east of Adairville is probably one of the most historical sites in America. What was once called Cook’s Cave is now called Savage Cave by most local citizens. A great civilization occupied this area for centuries. Far longer than most anywhere else in America.
Professional diggings over the past 50 years by the Smithsonian, Carnegie and other groups have verified that they have uncovered prehistoric animal bones as well as those of early man that go back over 11,000 years. The digging is far from complete and it is believed by knowledgeable archeologist that when they dig further that they may find remains going back more than 20,000 years.
This would put our site as one of the three oldest in America in the discovery of early man. The land occupied by early humans probably covered much of the “big island” and the20 plus caves. Many of them interconnecting. Ancient remains and artifacts have been found in all of them. A cave even runs under the town square of Adairville and much of the town. A 1790’s will stated that there were three caves/mines between what was the home of Peter Cartwright and the town. (Just west of town.)
The site on and across from Junior England’s property and next to and on John Lee Barnes property is part of what was once a great civilization. There is evidence of what were once a great ceremonial grounds, living areas and even an amphitheater area. If only time could speak. 50 years ago a lady named Genevieve Savage owned the property where the main entrance to Cook’s Cave existed. She realized the great importance to what she had discovered. She worked hard to get archeologist interested in the property and the great find. Some did come and discovered far more than they ever expected.
The Smithsonian, Carnegie and other institutions dug up and took away more than 125 boxes of artifacts that remain in vaults. Over the past 100 plus years farmers, kids and worst yet robbers have continued to plunder one of the greatest archeological sites in America. Our county is in the process of regaining title to this very very special property. In turn our local historical society is poised to take over and developed in a proper way the protection of this sacred property. Already the property is on a watch with cameras and other detection equipment and the county sheriff’s department has now begun protecting and arresting. This property is of great importance and should no longer be plundered.
LOCAL NEWS The Davis Hardware Store has added two more chairs in the front of the store. This is for all the sitters and rockers and talkers and “news carriers. “ There is also a sale on garden sprays, rakes hoes, fertilizers and plants. Adairville’s largest gift shop, Mrs. Nancy’s, across from the BP has a clearance sale going on. There are some great gifts here at low prices. If you like Kentucky items this is the shop. Also lots of candles. For whatever reason the lights have been out on the town square each night since the Strawberry Festival. Hopefully they will be back on very soon. (I live on the square and can hear people in the park but cannot see them.)
I am currently trying to local a little person (midget) living in the county. If you are such a person or know of such a person please call me at 539-2007.
The correspondents for this paper are having our annual summer picnic next Wednesday in Lewisburg. I have been asked by the group to especially invite the mysterious Tulip Green who none of us know. We would like to meet the intriguing person. I will even sing to them if they will come.
Pray for Nannette Starks King.
A BIG HEALTH TIP Please clip this out and keep in your wallet or purse. Older people do not normally drink enough water. That thickens the blood and makes the heart work harder. Have a glass of water by your bed. If your heart starts to pound, take 4 or 5 good swallows and you will find that your heart will slow to normal and stop pounding so hard. Heart Attack info on a new aspirin. Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve under the tongue. They work much faster than the tablets. If you think you are having a heart attack do not lie down. Sit while waiting for the EMTs. Put the aspirin under the tongue. Other symptoms of a heart attack besides the pain in the left arm. Usually there is an intense pain in the chin as well as nausea and lots of sweating. (Sometimes these symptoms to do appear.) There may or may not be pain in the chest during a heart attack. Many people may suffer an attack in their sleep and not even know it is happening. (About 60 %.) However, if you do have an attack and wake up with chest pain immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a good bit of water. Then call 911. Say “heart attack!” Tell them you have taken two aspirins, phone a neighbor or relative and sit near the front door until the emergency squad arrives. (DO NOT LIE DOWN.)
WITH A SMILE “Life’s journey is not to arrive safely at the grave in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally warn out, shouting “Holy Cow, What a Ride!”
TIME TO GO Good night to all the active church members in and around Adairville, my “Sweet Bertie Angel”, Virginia Lloyd, Della Jackson, all the ladies at the manor and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are!