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Pine Mountain Settlement School

Bledsoe, Kentucky
County of Harlan.
State Routes 510 & 221
National Register Number: 78001337
Resource type: District.
Property type: Educational facility - related. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: KY-5 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Environmental Education Center: http://www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com/.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 4, 1991):
The construction of Big Log House in 1913, the first building of the Pine Mountain Settlement School, launched one of the most important efforts to adopt the urban settlement house to a rural community. Katherine Pettit and Ethel de Long, the founders of this school, were moved by the limitations of the one-room schools, the primitive dwellings, and the harsh lives of women living in the region. While offering instruction in traditional subjects to resident students, such classes as furniture making, home nursing, weaving, and stockraising were included in the curriculum; also, the preservation of ballads, folk songs and dances served to instill a knowledge and appreciation of mountain heritage.

There are no threats reported.

There are no changes reported

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