Pioneer/Rural Life

Bailey Log CabinBluefield, Tazewell County

Records show that that the Bailey family settled in what later became Tazewell County more than 230 years ago. Richard Peyton Bailey, Sr. received a warrant for land along the Bluestone River on October 15, 1770.  Bailey was a scout and spay for the American army who gathered intelligence about the British and Indians in […]
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Hensley’s SettlementMiddlesboro, Lee County

Hensley’s Settlement is part of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, which lies in three states: Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. The preserved settlement is located atop Brush Mountain where the Hensley’s first settled in 1903. In the early part of the century, the Hensley’s settled on the mountain, forsaking settled areas for an entirely self-sufficient way […]
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Cowan MillEwing, Lee County

This beautiful and authentic gristmill was built in 1890 and used by locals to grind their grain into mill. This rare treasure is considered one of the most photographed places in Lee County. It has been well maintained and is in magnificent condition considering its age.This is private property and suggested only as an opportunity to take a […]
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The Homeplace Mountain Farm & MuseumGate City, Scott County

The Homeplace is a collection of authentic structures and artifacts that have been assembled here from their original locations throughout Scott County. Each building has been carefully taken down and reassembled on site. Items include quilts, pottery, brooms, weaving, candles, and soaps. Classes are offered in traditional crafts.
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A.P. Carter MuseumHiltons, Scott County

Born Alvin Pleasant Carter, A.P. Carter was born to love music. A skilled violinist, fiddler to homefolk, he, his wife Sara, brother Ezra and sister-in-law Maybelle formed the Carter Family band. Carter Family grew famous with hits like “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “Keep On the Sunny Side.” A.P. spent much of his time […]
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