Pine Mountain Settlement School

E of Bledsoe on KY 510, Bledsoe, Kentucky


Pine mountain settlement school

By Marion Post Wolcott - U.S. Library of Congress, Public Domain,



The construction of Big Log House in 1913, the first building of the Pine Mountain Settlement School, launched one of the most important efforts to adopt the urban settlement house to a rural community. Katherine Pettit and Ethel de Long, the founders of this school, were moved by the limitations of the one-room schools, the primitive dwellings, and the harsh lives of women living in the region. While offering instruction in traditional subjects to resident students, such classes as furniture making, home nursing, weaving, and stockraising were included in the curriculum; also, the preservation of ballads, folk songs and dances served to instill a knowledge and appreciation of mountain heritage. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 4, 1991

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 6, 1978
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Rustic log buildings
Areas of significance
Social History; Education; Ethnic Heritage - Other ethnic
Levels of significance
National; State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
School; Single dwelling; Educational related housing
Current function
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1900-1924
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 15
Contributing structures: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 7

Update Log 

  • July 15, 2017: New photo from Bill Eichelberger