forefathers left me with many of their golden memories of the
Rutledge-Salem Community. I would like to share a few of these with
you. Much of this information was given to me by me stepfather,
William Terry Edmondson. Tolbert and Ellen Rutledge provided much
picture shows the old James A. Bet Rast homeplace. Family legend
says that 16 generations of children were brought up in this old
home. It was originally a log structure and had a kitchen separate
from the living quarters. It was moved twice. The living quarters
were later torn down, but the kitchen still exists as part of a
museum in Southern Mississippi.
Rutledge-Salem was wall settled by the Civil War era. The Eastport
to Fulton road and the Tuscumbia to Jacinto roads crossed near
Rutledge-Salem. The stagecoach traveled these roads and a hooking
station and inn were located at this intersection. This was about
six miles south of Iuka. Traces of these roads are still found
today. In places, the road bed has cut into the earth to a depth of
Liza Cain, sister of James A. Rast, gave property for Rutledge-Salem
Church and Cemetery. In 1891 E.D. Rast petitioned the board of
supervisors to move the Fulton to Eastport road out of the cemetery
and run it along the west side of the graveyard.
skirmish was fought near the Rutledge-Salem Cemetery during the
small two room school house at Rutledge-Salem also served as the
About one half mile from Rutledge-Salem Church was the pauper home.
It was run at one time by Uncle Gus Cox. Several paupers were buried
in Rutledge-Salem Cemetery.
Robert Spilsby Edmondson was one of the earlier settlers of
Rutledge-Salem Community. He brought his family here from Lynchburg,
Virginia settling in the “Edmondson Hills” area.
one Bailey plantation was in the Rutledge-Salem Community. Two
cemeteries were located on it.
early settlers gave the name “Wash Pot Hollow” to the hollow that
looked as if a huge wash pot of earth had been scooped away. Wash
Pot Hollow now has a road through it.
Remains of a brick yard can be seen on part of the old Rast
Around the 1940s, gypies would camp near Rutledge-Salem Church. The
gypies tents resembled teepees. Mothers cautioned children not to
leave the yard because the gypies might steal them.
Submitted by Austin Rast.