The story of the Lilley Cornett Woods, how it shaped itself in the mind of one man and captured the imagination of a state is a story worth telling. Listen to this story at Pine Mountain Settlement School in the Laurel House at 7 p.m. on May 30. Admission is free.
The story is the story of one man, Lilley Cornett, of a pioneer family, uneducated and of no particular distinction. He was certainly a common man, but one who had an uncommon vision. His 500 acres on Line Fork Creek in Letcher County, Ky. is all that remains of a primeval paradise. Bought on a miner’s wage in the 20s and 30s, Mr. Cornett’s woods is the only place in Kentucky that still looks like it did before the arrival of Europeans in the 18th century.
David Hurt portrays Lilley Cornett for Kentucky Chautauqua. A retired farmer, Hurt has picked the guitar and banjo on front porches from Reelfoot to Red River. He has acted at Stage One in Louisville as well as in Lexington theaters.
Kentucky Chautauqua is an exclusive presentation of the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and others.
The Kentucky Humanities Council is a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is not a state agency, but is a proud partner of Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.
For more information, contact the PMSS office at 606-558-3571.
For information, visit www.kyhumanities.org or call 859-257-5932.