Hindman Settlement School, Hindman

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Hindman Settlement School is a settlement school located in Hindman, Kentucky in Knott County. Established in 1902, it was the first rural settlement school in America.
The mission of Hindman Settlement School is "to provide educational and service opportunities for the people of the mountains, while keeping them mindful of their heritage."
James StillJames Still was a notable poet, folklorist, and novelist during his life, spanning 95 years from 1906 to 2001. James Still's friend, Don West offered him a job organizing recreational programs for a settlement school in Knott County, Kentucky. James Still gladly accepted the invitation to teach in Knott County. James Still soon became a librarian at the Hindman Settlement School Library and spent the rest of his days in Knott County. James Still is buried on the Hindman Settlement School Campus.
Fred WilliamsFred Williams was principal at Hindman Settlement School in the mid-1940s. A close friend of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Williams was a Methodist missionary who pioneered indoor and running water sanitation in rural India (Asansol) and fought to eradicate caste-based discrimination.
The Marie Stewart Museum & Craft Shop supports the activities of the school. The store sells traditional Appalachian crafts and has an online site. Upstairs is a small museum with exhibits about the Hindman Settlement School and regional crafts.
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  • The history behind this school makes Hindman Settlement School a great asset of Appalachia. It was established to provide elementary education for the children who were born in the mountains.  more »
  • I was just passing through Hindman and decided to stop at the school. It has an interesting history. I admire its purpose.  more »
  • The Hindman settlement school is a very unique building. Here we met with a staff member who explained to us that this site was established in 1902 as the first nondenominational rural settlement school in America. The Hindan Settlement management team conveyed to me that this site operates to provide educational and service opportunities for the people of the mountains, while keeping them mindful of their heritage. They also stated that this place takes pride in welcoming community organizations into their settlement schools to hold meetings and little gatherings. There are also many events that they host that focus on offering tours and workshops on Appalachian culture. They usually have a writers workshop by Appalachian Artisans, and a Appalachian Family Folk week where individuals pay for housing at one of the dormitories for a week, attend Kentucky Craftsmen workshops to learn hand-made craft, and enjoy live music, exhibits, and much more. There is also a nature trail adjacent to this settlement school that is great for a great walk to see the beauty that nature has to offer.
  • Such a beautiful campus on the country's oldest settlement school.

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