SPECIAL FEATURE A Bit of Appalachian Eden: Hensley Settlement Judith Victoria Hensley I TOOK MY FIRST TRIP TO HENSLEY SETTLEMENT fresh out of college as I was beginning to explore my family roots and learned that brain as my uncle shifted straining gears and struggled up the rutted road on the Brownie's Creek side of Brush Mountain. I've made the my great-great grandfather purchased the undeveloped land in 1903 and that my great-great uncle was the last resident to leave in 1951. I rode in the back of a flatbed pickup that shook bones and rattled the trip to Hensley Settlement many times since on the Wilderness Road Tours van that departs twice daily from the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park Visitor's Center outside Middlesboro, Kentucky. My great-great grandfather, Burton Hensley Srv acquired a sizeable boundary of land in the late 1800s that included bottomland in Martin's Fork to which he added a sprawling 500-acre plateau on Brush Mountain in May 1903. The land was purchased from C. and R. portion to any of them who would live on the land. In the tradition of Old World land-owning families and New World plantation owners, keepingland holdings "in the
Appalachian Heritage – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 8, 2003
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