Pine Mountain Settlement School

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Pine Mountain Settlement School
Pine Mountain Settlement School, photographed by Marion Post Wolcott in 1940
Pine Mountain Settlement School is located in Kentucky
Pine Mountain Settlement School
Pine Mountain Settlement School is located in the US
Pine Mountain Settlement School
Nearest city Bledsoe, Kentucky
Coordinates 36°56′55″N 83°10′59″W / 36.94861°N 83.18306°W / 36.94861; -83.18306Coordinates: 36°56′55″N 83°10′59″W / 36.94861°N 83.18306°W / 36.94861; -83.18306
Built 1913
Architect Hook, Mary Rockwell; Zande, Luigi
Architectural style Other
NRHP Reference # 78001337[1]
Added to NRHP September 6, 1978

Pine Mountain Settlement School is located on Pine Mountain in Harlan County, Kentucky. The settlement school focuses on Appalachian and environmental education.



"A National Historic Landmark, Pine Mountain Settlement School was founded in 1913 as a school for children in the commonwealth's remote southeastern mountains and a social center for surrounding communities. The school was the dream of a local man, William Creech Sr., who was troubled by the area's lack of educational opportunities, and the prevalence of social problems and rampant disease. He donated land for the school and recruited two women, Katherine Pettit of Lexington, Kentucky, and Ethel DeLong, New Jersey native, to establish and run the new institution. These two women enlisted the help of architect Mary Rockwell Hook of Kansas City to draw up plans for the campus and its buildings."


Pine Mountain Settlement School grew out of the settlement movement, which established institutions such as Hull House.[2] The school has served many purposes in since its founding nearly a century ago.

In addition to operating as an educational institution, Pine Mountain Settlement School has served its community in other ways. For example, during Pine Mountain's time as a high school, it sponsored Work Experience Training, which gave men job training and helped them find employment. Pine Mountain has also operated as a farm, health clinic, and a supporter of local music and crafts. Today, in addition to cultural and environmental education, Pine Mountain Settlement School offers assistance to local low-performing students.[4]

Relationship with Alpha Sigma Tau[edit]

Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority adopted Pine Mountain Settlement School as its national philanthropy in 1945.

Members of alumnae and collegiate chapters and colonies of Alpha Sigma Tau raise money annually for Pine Mountain Settlement School. The Sorority supports Pine Mountain Settlement School through the Alpha Sigma Tau National Foundation, Inc.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Educators: Katherine Pettit". Women in Kentucky. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  3. ^ a b c d "History". Pine Mountain Settlement School. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  4. ^ "Pine Mountain Settlement School". Alpha Sigma Tau. Retrieved 2008-03-20. [dead link]

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