This is where the campground got its start...
A primitive campground known as Ridge Runner has a very special meaning to our family. Years ago, back in the 50's, a giant of a man found his calling in life. Daddy Summers, a coal miner at the tender age of 14 who fathered eleven children in his lifetime, was a strapping, no nonsense man. As many mountain men do, he liked to tip the shine jug now and again. While crossing the mountain on a quest to replenish his supply of shine, a violent storm erupted and ... whether it was the lightning strike or the 'white lightning', he fell to the ground thinking he had gone blind. In that moment he raised his face to the sky, crying aloud, "LORD, if you return my sight, I will dedicate my life to you." Revered in the community and loved by his family, Brother Summers fulfilled that promise, preaching and singing well into his late seventies.
A ridge runner, more commonly referred to as a moonshiner, was typically a man from the South during the prohibition era (1928-1940) who transported illegal whiskey (moonshine) made in outdoor stills to local and long distance customers. Moonshiners were often persued by local police and sheriff's departments in addition to Federal agents (Revenuers) who enforced prohibition laws. Ridge runners were skilled "lead foot" drivers who knew the back roads, drove across open fields, pastures and wooded terrain to avoid the law, run their shine, and in turn a reaped a tidy profit! Ridge runners are also credited with the origin of today's NASCAR racing!
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Close to hiking & bike Trails-St. Paul
Bath Houses at each Site
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