This year on Saturday, September 22, the 5th Annual Antique Tractor Drive meandered through a lot of Patoka Township and my old stomping grounds. For those of you not familiar with the group, each year they take their old tractors and do a drive through some historic parts of Pike County. This year about thirty six drivers participated and three wagon loads of onlookers rode along after meeting up at The Trading Post about 10 am. I had to work and was unable to ride so Sherry Lamey shared the information and Terenda Wyant shared her photos with me for this post.
For this blog, I’m not going to use the road numbers now assigned but the names we always called them (and still do most times!).
The group started out down Hathaway Station Road to wind up at Ashby Cemetery as their first stop. Ashby Cemetery sitting out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by land that is now coal mined was once a thriving little community.
Ashby was named after the family members of Benjamin and Margaret (Burdett) Ashby from Hampshire County, Virginia who settled there soon after they were married in 1813 after temporarily residing at White Oak Springs. Their graves are located in Ashby Cemetery. Benjamin died in 1881, Margaret in 1860. Thomas English, a native of Vermont, taught in the pay schools of Pike County. His first school of this kind was in the Ashby neighborhood in the year of 1844. Benjamin’s sons and grandsons became large landowners in the area and successful businessmen. If I remember correctly the little Ashby Church was burned during an act of vandalism several years ago.
They then drove over to Scottsburg Road to wind up at New Liberty Church and Cemetery near Coe.
Coe used to be called Arcadia and was laid off in 1869 by Simeon LeMasters. I don’t know much about the history of this church and cemetery. If anyone does, tell me about it in the comment section below.
Next they went across the road through the old South Fork areas and wound up on the Line Road.
It is the Meridian used for old grid mapping systems that divided the county into the North and South sections, now it’s called Meridian instead of the Line Road. Division Road divided the East and West. Many of Pike County’s early settlers settled along the Line Road. It runs through what is now the Patoka National Wildlife Refuge.
Patoka Grove Church was their next stop. Other friends and neighbors joined them there for a dutch treat lunch by the Pike County Young Farmers in the churchyard. Some guitar music, singing and fiddling was provided by Norb Wehr and Freddie Hopf from Dubois County and enjoyed by all. You can read more about the history of Patoka Grove Church on this past blog post.
The group left Patoka Grove Church and wound their way down to Snakey Point. You can read more about the history of Snakey Point on this past blog post.
The group then wound around on the old Winslow Oakland City Road, the one used before the Highway 64 was built and where the old community of Ingleton was located. Like other old areas named for the families that lived there, some may have heard it called Whitman and Wiggs. We’ll just say they wound around and came back up H Pit Road and stopped at the church again for a pit stop before heading back down # 7 Road to Muren Road and the old coal mining community of Muren.
In Muren they went past the old coal mine houses, one of which is featured at the top of my blog. For more about Muren read these past blog posts.
Then they turned onto Ayrshire Road and went through the bottoms and around Kitchen Corners to the old Ingle Barn where only the silo stands today. The Meyers family owns it now and has done a wonderful job of keeping it cleaned up and retaining some of it’s history. They had their dad, Ab Meyers old tractor sitting there for the drive. The house across the road is the one that David Ingle gave to his black butler and family and they became caretakers of the barns and property.
They then turned into Logtown and rode past the remains of the old coke ovens down by the railroad tracks across from where the old Ayrshire store was. The old beehive ovens are built in a row, double with ovens on the front and back. For more history of Logtown see this blog post.
After leaving Logtown they drove back down Ayrshire Road and over to where they started at the Trading Post.
Jim Capozella followed along in his truck to serve as aid if needed by anyone.
Ms. Burns of the Pike Central Digital Design and Visual Communications department came out and did the interviews with the drivers. Their group helps put together the dvds.
DVDs are for sale of the historic tractor drives. Not only is it the scenery, but inserted are interviews with folks telling of the history of these places. If interested, let me know and I will try to put you in touch with the right person to order a copy.