In 1913 our school was founded through the vision of a mountain man, William Creech, with the pioneering educational techniques of two women educators, Katherine Pettit and Ethel DeLong Zande. Since those beginnings we have been celebrating our mountain heritage and also building our own traditions. 


Our Archives

Volunteers led by co-editors,Trustee Helen Wykle and Honorary Trustee Ann Angel Eberhardt, have spent innumerable hours digitizing photographs and other records so that they are accessible on the world wide web. Visit the archival site to see and learn more about our rich and amazing history:

The Nativity Play

Written by Ethel DeLong Zande, the Nativity Play is a tradition at least 100 years old. Every year we celebrate Christ's birth by re-enacting the miraculous night in the stable. 

Fair Day & Sorghum Stir-Off

In summer, we congregate to listen to music, eat good food, buy local handcrafts, exhibit excellence in traditional crafts, award blue ribbons, and make sorghum. Our Fair Day & Sorghum Stir-Off is an old-fashioned good time for all ages.

Tradition Lives On

Join us for an upcoming event and make yourself part of the living traditions of the Kentucky Mountains and the settlement school movement.