The Hindman Settlement School is
located at the forks of Troublesome Creek, in Knott County, Kentucky.
Founded in 1902 by May Stone and Katherine Petit, Hindman was the first rural
social settlement school in the United States. The purposes and goals for
which the settlement was founded in 1902 are the same today, namely, to provide
educational opportunities for the boys and girls of this region, to keep them
mindful of their heritage, and to provide community services. The
settlement is a nonprofit, nondenominational institution.
early years the settlement provided most of the educational programs in its
vicinity. Many of the early instructors came from Smith, Vassar, Mt Holyoke,
Wellesley, and several other prestigious colleges to teach the children of the
mountains. The Hindman Settlement School became known for its outstanding academic
programs throughout the regions. The settlement encouraged the growth of the public
school system but continued to supplement educational services not available from other
agencies or groups. Students no longer live on campus. With the advent of
public school consolidation and the building of better roads in the region, every student
is able to travel to school by either bus or private transportation.
settlement runs the East Kentucky Tutorial Program, which gives remedial education to
dyslexic children through after-school programs in several counties and a six-week summer
school. The settlements also provides to the community an adult basic education/GED
program, a Montessori preschool, scholarship assistance for needy students, facilities for
the Knott County Public Library, meeting space for community activities, workshops on
Appalachian life and culture, artists-in-residence in the public schools, community
education classes, used clothing for the needy, and many other services.
Written by: Mike
The University Press