Hensley Settlement Oral History Collection

In 1903, Sherman Hensley, along with his wife and young son, started the Hensley Settlement, an Appalachian village on the Kentucky-Virginia state line about ten miles from Middlesboro, Kentucky. The isolated community grew to a population of one hundred and lasted forty-eight years. In 1951, Sherman Hensley was the last inhabitant to leave; in 1979, he died at the age of ninety-eight. Hensley and other original settlers and their descendants discuss the history of the settlement, their way of life, farming, harvesting, clearing land, the economy of the settlement, trips to neighboring towns, education, home life, women's roles, folklore, quilting, home remedies, soap making, food preservation, religious practices, recreational activities, social activities, sickness and death, and midwifery.

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