Hindman Settlement School

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Hindman Settlement School
Hindman, Kentucky
United States
Coordinates 37°20′04″N 82°58′33″W / 37.33444°N 82.97583°W / 37.33444; -82.97583Coordinates: 37°20′04″N 82°58′33″W / 37.33444°N 82.97583°W / 37.33444; -82.97583
Type Settlement school
Established 1902

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.[1]


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."[2]

Notable staff[edit]

Fred 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.[3]

Marie Stewart Museum & Craft Shop[edit]

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.[1]


  1. ^ a b Hindman Settlement School Retrieved on 2010-05-29
  2. ^ Knott County Adventure Retrieved on 2010-05-29
  3. ^ Gandhi's American Ally, 2008. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/norm-williams/gandhis-american-ally/

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External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Jess Stoddart. 2002. The Story of Hindman Settlement School. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-2250-3