Hensley Settlement Oral History Project

Description: 
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.

Project Accession: 
HEN001

Restriction: 
No Restrictions
Number of Interviews: 
25

 
 Interviewee(s)
 Accession Number
 Date
 Interviewer
 Access
 Restrictions
Sherman Hensley  
1979oh032_kh100  
1960-03-25
Hobert G. Cawood

No restrictions
Lige Gibbons  
Mrs. Willie  
1979oh033_kh101  
1960-03-25
Hobert G. Cawood

No restrictions
Wallace Hensley  
1979oh034_kh102  
1964-08-14
Lloyd Abelson

No restrictions
Wallace Hensley  
1979oh035_kh103  
1967-08-20
George Davidson

No restrictions
Herbert Hensley  
1979oh036_kh104  

Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Lige Gibbons  
1979oh037_kh105  

Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Wallace Hensley  
1979oh038_kh106  

Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Stella Hensley  
1979oh039_kh107  
1979-06-20
Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Herbert Hensley  
1979oh040_kh108  
1970-07-09
Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Sherman Hensley  
1979oh041_kh109  
1970-07-16
Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Sherman Hensley  
1979oh042_kh110  
1970-07-23
Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Sherman Hensley  
1979oh043_kh111  
1970-07-30
Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Herbert Thompson  
1979oh044_kh112  
1970-08-03
Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Sherman Hensley  
1979oh045_kh113  
1970-08-06
Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Park Hensley  
1979oh046_kh114  
1970-08-13
Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Dorothy Green Muncey  
1979oh047_kh115  
1970-08-14
Bernard Goodman

No restrictions
Hillary Wilder  
1979oh048_kh116  
1970-08-20
Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Stella Hensley  
1979oh049_kh117  
1970-08-27
Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Gilbert Hensley  
1979oh050_kh118  
1970-09-03
Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Jesse Gibbons  
1979oh051_kh119  
1970-09-10
Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Dorothy Green Muncey  
1979oh052_kh120  
1970-10-24
Bernard Goodman

No restrictions
Jesse Gibbons  
1979oh053_kh121  
1971-02-18
Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Lige Gibbons  
1979oh054_kh122  
1971-04-05
Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Mrs. Herbert Hensley  
1979oh055_kh123  
1971-04-07
Robert W. Monk

No restrictions
Jesse Gibbons  
1979oh056_kh124  
1971-05-10
Robert W. Monk

No restrictions

  

  

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