Sharing the Buried History of the Apperson Community, Menifee County, Kentucky

Author(s): Kim A. McBride; Wayna L Adams

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Communicating Working Class Heritage in the 21st Century: Values, Lessons, Methods, and Meanings" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

About 1941-1943, as the Cumberland (now Daniel Boone) National Forest, was forming, the occupants of two rural domestic sites in Menifee County, Kentucky left, most eventually to find work in factories of Ohio and Michigan.   Recent historical and archaeological study of these sites has revealed a complex history, including their part in the short lived (1898-1910) community of Apperson, the last stop of a logging railroad run by the Union City [Michigan]Lumber Company.   With the sites abandoned so long, and the inhabitants moved so far away, revealing the details of life at these sites was possible only with the generosity of many descendants.  In this paper we explore how to define the stakeholders in our research, and how to share the results of this work with them, with the local resident population, and with interested visitors to the sites, mostly recreational hikers, horseback riders, and fisherman.

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Sharing the Buried History of the Apperson Community, Menifee County, Kentucky. Kim A. McBride, Wayna L Adams. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 448967)


Logging rural life

Geographic Keywords
United States of America

Temporal Keywords
19th and 20th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 133