Pine Mountain Settlement School located in Bledsoe on the North side of Pine Mountain in Harlan County is one of my most favorite places in Kentucky. With its beautiful campus, rich history, knowledgeable staff, and absolute sense of serenity, visitors are drawn back time and again to enjoy this campus, community activities, and environmental education programs.
Hensley Settlement is another of my personal favorites straddling the summit of Stone Mountain between Kentucky and Virginia. It originally was owned by the Bell Family of Bell County, Kentucky, then purchased by my Great grandfather Hensley. He also owned substantial land in the valley of Martin’s Fork, so offered to divide the land among his children. Sherman Hensley was the last to leave the settlement before it was taken over by the national park system.
The long ride up the mountain could make one wonder why in the world anyone would stake out such a remote and rugged place completely isolated on top of a mountain. One experience walking through the Settlement situated on a sprawling plateau is all the evidence needed for their decision.
Cades Cove, near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is the perfect place for animal lovers. An early morning or pre dusk driver is likely to see scores of deer, turkey, and maybe bears. This historic buildings and landscape are a peaceful escape from the crush of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
Cumberland Falls is said to be the Niagara Falls off the US. Located in Corbin, Kentucky near the McCreary County line, it draws visitors from around the world in hopes of seeing its famous moonbow.
Biltmore House and Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina is a good choice for those who like the history of America’s wealthiest families and social elite. Noted as one of America’s finest castles with some of the finest gardens and statuary, Biltmore draws a diversity of visitors from near and far.
These are only a few examples of places to visit throughout the Appalachian mountains. There will be individual posts with photographs in the future featuring other places of interest.
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