Pine Mountain Settlement School

Pine Mountain Settlement School


Great fall preservation workshops are coming up in Kentucky, learn more and sign up now.

Sept 1 - Free Grave Stone Restoration workshop - Old Soldiers Cemetery, Richmond KY. Register and learn more:

Sept 25-26 – The Dry Stone Conservancy, Introductory Workshop, Lexington, KY
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Sept 26-Oct 1 – Window Preservation Alliance, Historic Windows Preservation Summit, Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY
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Don't want to let March get away without recognizing #WomensHistoryMonth and architect Mary Rockwell Hook, who in 1913 designed the campus and beautiful buildings at Pine Mountain Settlement School in Harlan County, now a National Historic Landmark. Her work utilized materials on hand like stone, logs and milled lumber to transform a rugged landscape into a harmonious community that continues its education mission 100+ years later. While we have highlighted her and these buildings previously, and the role our agency has as preservation easement holder on the property, less well known is that during her time here, Mary Rockwell Hook often took photos of the land and its people - and these fascinating early images are available online
"...During the three years she was a Pack Horse Librarian, she had many adventures on her routes. There was the time a rattlesnake spooked her horse and it dumped her into the road and took off. Another time, wild hogs charged out of the woods and her mare took her for a wild ride. Once she was lost in a blizzard trying to get home and almost froze to death. She was determined, though, to get the books in her saddlebags and basket hampers through to the most isolated cabins and farms..."

To hear more of Lou Bowers' story and many other stories of Women educators, join our livestream Facebook show Storytown Radio Show Celebrates Women's History Month March 22nd at 7pm celebrating Women's History Month!

Pictured: A pack horse librarian in Eastern Kentucky. Provided by: Pine Mountain Settlement School
#womenshistorymonth #packhorselibrarians #realstories
Trying to get her day all finished up.
Isn't she stunning?

Pine Mountain Settlement School
"The first doll I ever made was for Pine Mountain Settlement School ... sold for a dollar a piece, back in Hoover days when money was hard to get ahold of."

Sarah Bailey & her cornshuck art TODAY on our next #AppalshopWatchParty, 12:30 pm!

📸Appalshop, "Sarah Bailey," Anne Lewis, 1984
Welcome to Harlan County! We work hard every day to promote the best Harlan County has to offer. We wanted to take a moment to highlight a few things happening in the month of March.

You can always find our events on our social media accounts or at

Inside Yard Sale at Benham Schoolhouse Inn
March 6 & 7
Spring is right around the corner! That means it’s time for the Benham Schoolhouse Inn's indoor Community Yard Sale and Vendors Fair! Admission is free and if you’d like to set up a booth or just want more information, call the Benham Schoolhouse Inn at 606.848.3000 or visit

Blacklight Yoga
March 6
You'll be glowing on March 6, 2020 at Blacklight Yoga with Harlan Yoga Studio & Events. You can expect glowing decor, vibrant paints, and beginner friendly yoga. Follow Harlan Yoga so you'll be the first to know when registration opens. For more information check out the Harlan Yoga Studio & Events​ page.

606 Gaming Lounge Super Smash Bros. Melee Tournament
March 7
606 Gaming Lounge and Moonbow Tipple Coffee & Sweets are taking it back to 2001 with a Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament. Be there on March 7 at Moonbow Tipple Coffee & Sweets @ 3:30PM to register for $6. Coffee will still be sold along with snacks and snow cones. For more information visit

Seedswap at Pine Mountain Settlement School​
March 7
Join us as we kick-off the gardening season with our annual seed swap! Heirloom seed expert Bill Best will be on hand. Many rare local bean and tomato varieties will be available for purchase and be sure to bring your own heirloom seeds to sell or trade. For more information, visit

With Love from Harlan​'s Easter Eggs-travaganza
March 26
Bring your little bunnies to this first ever Easter Eggs-travaganza benefiting With Love From Harlan. The $5 entry cost gives you access to an afternoon of free activities and snacks. Have your picture made with the Easter Bunny before hunting for eggs at no additional cost! This fundraiser will support With Love From Harlan and their ongoing projects in our community. For more information, call (606) 909-0269 after 5 p.m. or text any time.

Kingdom Come Everesting Challenge​
March 28th
This will be a supported Everesting Challenge. Climb from the bottom of the park road to the lake and descend to the bottom 34 times. You will have then ascended the amount of climbing Mount Everest. There will be numerous categories and there will be a 24 hour cut off. To complete the challenge you will ride a full 85 miles on the single climb and ascend 29,090 ft. View the route on Strava For more information visit Kingdom Come State Park​.

For more information on tourism attractions in Harlan County or to begin planning your adventure in Harlan County, visit our website at or call us at 606.573.4495.

For a list of events taking place in the City of Harlan be sure to follow Hello Harlan​ and check out their top ten list of events to do in the city of Harlan. For events in the Tri-Cities check Hello Tri-Cities​.
Expand your horizons and head to Eastern Kentucky for an educational experience like no other at Pine Mountain Settlement School 📚 Plan your #TravelKY journey to Harlan County now!
Flour and water are transformed into sourdough in workshops with Tara Jensen at Pine Mountain Settlement School.

Read about how her Appalachian workshops take advantage of the cultural history of the region and its rich food traditions:

Donate at to help us continue to share these meaningful stories.

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AmeriCorps NCCC-Traditional Corps team Delta 2 said farewell to the mountains. For the past month, Delta 2 had been serving with the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust (KNLT) in the Pine Mountain region of Kentucky. The NCCC members' time there was one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives and will stay with them throughout the rest of their travels and well into the future.

Performing labor-intensive work at high altitudes may not sound like your idea of a good time. Still, the time the NCCC members spent on top of those mountains was simultaneously one of the most beautiful things they have ever experienced and one of the most meaningful.

During their service with KNLT, the NCCC members blazed a mile of the Great Eastern Trail, restored every single trail located on the Pine Mountain Settlement School campus, demolished two footbridges and reconstructed them, moving thousands of pounds of lumber and material in the process, composted thousands of pounds of material, and were stunned by the beauty of their surroundings at every turn.

#AmeriCorpsNCCC #TraditionalCorps #Delta2 #KNLT #GetThingsDone #BeTheGreaterGood #Kentucky
Welcome to Harlan County in December, folks! While we are always promoting our wonderful attractions in Harlan County, we always have something going on in our beautiful mountain hometown! So while you are visiting the award-winning Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area or taking a step back in time at Portal 31 Mine Exhibit, be sure to check out some of these uniquely Harlan County offerings!

For all of our attractions or other events check out our website at or our Facebook!
December 1st - Christmas Concert: Join the Southeast Community Choir for sounds of the Holiday Season at the Church of Resurrection in Lynch, KY. For more information contact the Cumberland Tourist Commission at 606.589.5812.

December 2nd - Harlan County Courthouse Christmas Carols: Join the Harlan County Courthouse on December 2nd from 5pm-7pm for Christmas carols and refreshments! For more information call 606.573.2600.

December 5th - Harlan County Ice Rink: Harlan Civic Center invites you to glide into fun as the Downtown Ice Rink comes to Harlan for its second season. It will open to skaters on December 5, 2019 and remain open until January 8, 2020. There are special rates for private parties, groups, field trips, etc. For more information or to book your event, please call (606) 573-4156.

December 6th - Tri-City Christmas Parade
Join the Cumberland Community for the Tri-City Christmas Parade at 5PM on December 6th! This year's theme is "My Christmas Wish". For more information call the Cumberland Tourist Commission at 606.589.5812.

December 6th - Tri-City Movie Night
Join the Betty Howard Coal Miner Memorial Theater's for "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" on December 6th! More nights will include "A Christmas Carol," "The Star," and "It's A Wonderful Life." Call 606-589-5812 for more information.

December 7th - Jingle Bell Jog 5k: December 7, 2019 will be a busy day in downtown Harlan and it all begins with a holly jolly jog at 9 a.m.! Dress in your most festive finery for this fun run in support of the Harlan High School Prom Committee. Registration forms are available at the Harlan Civic Center.

December 7th - Harlan County Christmas Parade: This year wraps up with one of Harlan's most beloved Christmas traditions as the Christmas Parade marches through Downtown Harlan. The lineup begins at 4:30 with the kick off at 5:30. Expect a very special North Pole visitor at the end of the parade! For more information call 606.573.4156.

December 7th - Festival of Trees & Open House: Join The Kentucky Coal Museum for their annual Festival of Trees! This event will be from 6AM-9PM and you will be able to view over 80 trees with refreshments, live entertainment, Mr. Claus & Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, and more! For more information call The Kentucky Coal Museum at 606.848.1530.

December 7th - Christmas at the Center: The fun on December 7, 2019 continues with Christmas at The Center at 10 a.m. Vendors of all kinds will turn the Harlan Civic Center into a Christmas market to help you check all the names off your list! Not only is it a great shopping opportunity but Christmas at the Center will also feature a performance by the Rosspoint Little Dancers at 1 p.m. and visits & photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come enjoy the FaLaLaLa Fun at Christmas at the Center! For more information call 606.573.4156.

December 7th - Breakfast with Santa at Benham Schoolhouse Inn: Santa will be making a stop at the Benham Schoolhouse Inn on December 7, 2019 at 9 a.m. and he has invited all of his friends to join him for breakfast. You can look forward to cookie decorating, sing a longs, crafts, and, of course, a visit and photo with Santa! Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children.

December 8th - Evarts Christmas Parade: The Streets of Evarts will be packed with Christmas goers for the annual Christmas parade! This year's theme is: Christmas Traditions. Join the Evarts community at 2PM for the festivities! For more information call Evarts City Hall at 606.837.2477.

December 8th - Nativity Play: Pine Mountain Settlement School invites you to join them for their traditional Nativity Play on December 8 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Set in the historic chapel, this play has been performed in the same manner as it was in the earliest days of the school’s existence. The PMSS Nativity Play is a tradition that makes a Harlan County Christmas complete.

December 13th & 14th - Christmas at the Farm: Join the The Stables At Creekside Glen for the annual tradition of a live nativity tour and angelic wagon tour displaying the story of Jesus Christ. This event will be from 5PM-8PM each day.

December 15th - Sunday Supper with Santa: People travel from near and far to enjoy the Sunday Buffet at the Benham Schoolhouse Inn. Some travel from as far as the North Pole. On Sunday December 15 from 12 p.m.-3 p.m., you can enjoy the Sunday Buffet. Santa Claus will be on hand to meet with his friends who enjoy the Buffet that afternoon. For more information, you can contact the Benham Schoolhouse Inn at (606) 848-3000.

December 22nd - Gospel Christmas Buffet: Celebrate the sacred season with local Gospel musicians while enjoying the popular Benham Schoolhouse Inn Sunday Buffet on Sunday December 22 from 12 p.m.- 3 p.m. For more information, call (606) 848-3000.

December 31th - New Year's Eve Party at the Benham Schoolhouse Inn: Every year, the Benham Schoolhouse Inn hosts a festive end of the year bash! Be sure to make plans to join them this year on New Years. For more information call (606) 848-3000.

If you are looking for information on events specific to downtown, be sure to follow Hello Harlan for their top 10 list in November! If you are looking for events specific to the Tri-Cities be sure to follow Hello Tri-Cities!

Established in 1913, Pine Mountain Settlement School is located in the mountains of Appalachia in Southeastern Kentucky. We are a National Historic Landmark on 1000 pristine acres in Harlan County, Kentucky.

Our mission is to enrich lives and connect people through Appalachian place-based education for all ages. We offer classes, events, and lodging and event spaces. All revenues support our local community through environmental education, agriculture and sustainability, and traditional craft initiatives.

Operating as usual


Look who we spotted on the mountain recently! A hatchling Eastern Box Turtle!

These turtles often live 30 to 40 years or more in the wild and it is believed that some may even reach more than100+ years in age.


Join us on Thursday for Pass It On Pine Mountain, our free evening arts program, and learn how to make corn shuck flowers!

The class will start at 4:30 pm for youth and 6:00 pm for adults.


It was great seeing our South Arts friends on campus last week!

We are excited to partner with them on the In These Mountains Project to provide evening folk and traditional arts programs for children and youth of the Kentucky Mountains.

Photos from Pine Mountain Settlement School's post 06/06/2022

We enjoyed showing Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman around campus a few weeks ago!

Sharing the remarkable history and programs of Pine Mountain Settlement School never gets old.

Grow Appalachia Farm Tour — Pine Mountain Settlement School 06/06/2022

Grow Appalachia Farm Tour — Pine Mountain Settlement School

Interested in learning more about small-scale mountain agriculture?

Come tour our campus farm tomorrow evening at 7pm!

Grow Appalachia Farm Tour — Pine Mountain Settlement School So you have grown it, now what? Join us to learn some marketing techniques that will help sell your produce at a fair price. Also discussed will be market options for fresh and value added produce.


Come and work for an exciting meaningful non-profit and change the lives of children and families of the Kentucky Mountains!

Photos from Pine Mountain Settlement School's post 06/01/2022

The work of historic preservation is a never-ending but worthy cause.

Take a look at the new roof on the Office, which was built in 1918. We also threw in some old photos from our archives for you to check out.


There's nothing quite like fresh, locally grown produce! On the campus farm, the spring harvest has begun, along with the planting of summer crops.

If you are interested in producing your own food, please reach out for more information about our Pine Mountain Farm Institute, which in partnership with Grow Appalachia, provides access to educational opportunities and other critical resources.


We are partnering with EKU to bring the Appalachian Mountain Ecology Camp back to Pine Mountain Settlement School from June 5th through the 10th!

The registration deadline is Thursday, May 26th.

Camp is free to any Eastern Kentucky 10th, 11th, or 12th-grade student participating in the Gear Up program.

See the attached flyer for more information.

Here is the application link:


Baseball starts this evening at 5:30!


Thank you for helping raise $2,565 for important place based education to the children and families of the Kentucky mountains!!


Providing children of the Kentucky Mountains with cultural, environmental, and agricultural education since 1913. Will you help support our mission?


Place based education. Appalachian cooking. Kilt salad.

Support experiences like these.


Help us educate the future of Appalachia and ensure a healthy and bright future for our region by donating today!


Let's knock it out of the park!!!


Heart and Cravin

Do you have a "Heart and Cravin" to support our work?


- Let’s continue making a difference!!! Support us today.


Give the gift of education at one of the most unique classrooms in the world!!!


Today is Kentucky Gives Day!

Would you consider helping support Appalachian place-based educational experiences for children here at Pine Mountain Settlement School?

This spring alone, we have enriched the lives of more than 1000 students from the Kentucky Mountains and the Bluegrass State through our programs.

Please follow the link below to donate.


Join us today, on Kentucky Gives Day to support place based, experiential education for the children and families of the Kentucky Mountains.


Save the date - May 10th as we raise funds to support the wonderful education programs at Pine Mountain Settlement School!

Photos from Pine Mountain Settlement School's post 05/05/2022

Great to see the cadets from Appalachian Challenge Academy on campus for some programming!

Photos from Pine Mountain Settlement School's post 05/04/2022

Our Opportunity Pine Mountain participants have been learning about entrepreneurship this spring and now have hanging baskets of petunias, impatients, ferns and more. Y’all come support these young leaders and stock up for Mothers Day!! Message us for more information or stop on by!!!!


The columbine [Aquilegia canadensis] is in bloom. These brilliantly colored and delicate flowers are a favorite source of nectar for hummingbirds.

Columbines flourish in limestone cliffs and rocky woods but are occasionally found on sandstone.

Photos from Pine Mountain Settlement School's post 04/22/2022

Nature is amazing; get outside and explore!

"The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come..."

- Song of Solomon 2:12

Photos from Pine Mountain Settlement School's post 04/20/2022

Last night we kicked off our six-week Appalachian Foodways program for local youth! Everyone had a great time learning how to forage and cook wild Morel Mushrooms, locally known as Hickory Chickens. They also learned how to prepare a fresh salad from locally sourced lettuce and wild dandelion greens and flowers. Thank you, South Arts, for helping make this possible!


Happy Easter!


Land snails are a part of a large and diverse family of organisms known as Gastropods. With nearly 200 species of terrestrial gastropods, Kentucky's native land snails are as varied and interesting as any group of animals found in the state.


It was great to host Backroads of Appalachia and the Mini Cooper group on campus this past weekend for a farm-to-table dinner!

Employment Opportunities — Pine Mountain Settlement School 04/07/2022

Employment Opportunities — Pine Mountain Settlement School

Join us at Pine Mountain Settlement School!!! Check out our current openings and join an amazing staff at this historic institution.

For more information:

Employment Opportunities — Pine Mountain Settlement School Location: 36 Highway 510 Bledsoe, KY 40810Phone: (606) 558-3571Email: [email protected] of Operation: Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:00pm


Over 100 years enriching lives and connecting people through Appalachian place-based education for all ages.

AN OLD MAN’S HOPES - William Creech, 1915

I don’t look after wealth for them. I look after the prosperity of our nation. I want all young-uns taught to serve the livin’ God. Of course, they won’t do that, but they can have good and evil laid before them and they can choose which they will. I have heart and cravin’ that our people may grow better. I have deeded my land to be used for school purposes as long as the Constitution of the United States stands. Hopin’ it may make a bright and intelligent people after I’m dead and gone.


On this Staff and Facilities Monday, we would like to thank our fantastic program team and the many contract instructors that help support our programs!

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for our educational staff. They've done everything from leading community gardening classes for 30+ adults to instructing several groups totaling more than 200 elementary and middle school students in our environmental and Appalachian culture courses.

Our mission to enrich lives and connect people through Appalachian place-based education for all ages would not be possible without all of our excellent staff in every department who regularly go above and beyond to keep our beloved School running smoothly.

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36 Highway 510
Bledsoe, KY

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 4pm
Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm