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)  Interview Date  Accession Number  Interviewer  Restrictions  Access
Sherman Hensley
1960-03-251979oh032_kh100Hobert G. Cawood
No restrictions
Lige Gibbons
Mrs. Willie
1960-03-251979oh033_kh101Hobert G. Cawood
No restrictions
Wallace Hensley
1964-08-141979oh034_kh102Lloyd Abelson
No restrictions
Wallace Hensley
1967-08-201979oh035_kh103George Davidson
No restrictions
Herbert Hensley
1979oh036_kh104Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Lige Gibbons
1979oh037_kh105Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Wallace Hensley
1979oh038_kh106Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Stella Hensley
1979-06-201979oh039_kh107Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Herbert Hensley
1970-07-091979oh040_kh108Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Sherman Hensley
1970-07-161979oh041_kh109Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Sherman Hensley
1970-07-231979oh042_kh110Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Sherman Hensley
1970-07-301979oh043_kh111Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Herbert Thompson
1970-08-031979oh044_kh112Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Sherman Hensley
1970-08-061979oh045_kh113Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Park Hensley
1970-08-131979oh046_kh114Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Dorothy Green Muncey
1970-08-141979oh047_kh115Bernard Goodman
No restrictions
Hillary Wilder
1970-08-201979oh048_kh116Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Stella Hensley
1970-08-271979oh049_kh117Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Gilbert Hensley
1970-09-031979oh050_kh118Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Jesse Gibbons
1970-09-101979oh051_kh119Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Dorothy Green Muncey
1970-10-241979oh052_kh120Bernard Goodman
No restrictions
Jesse Gibbons
1971-02-181979oh053_kh121Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Lige Gibbons
1971-04-051979oh054_kh122Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Mrs. Herbert Hensley
1971-04-071979oh055_kh123Robert W. Monk
No restrictions
Jesse Gibbons
1971-05-101979oh056_kh124Robert W. Monk
No restrictions

  

  

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