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the Mountain Homeplace
KET Electronic Field Trips
About the Mountain Homeplace

The Mountain Homeplace is an interpretive working farm in Paintsville, Kentucky. Re-enactors demonstrate what rural life was like from 1850 to 1875.

From wool to lumber, the products we take for granted today were once created through the perseverance and ingenuity of those early settlers. A local author, John David Preston, provides historical perspective on the development of the region.

During this television visit, students see how knowledge and hard work were essential to early survival. This program is designed to complement a unit study on Kentucky history or Appalachian culture.

On this trip, students will:

  • learn how wilderness can be turned into a mountain homestead
  • visit a one-room schoolhouse before and during recess
  • meet the preacher and learn about customs of the rural church
  • find out how the blacksmith bends iron and makes a cooking fork
  • follow children as they dance folk dances and play dulcimers
  • observe plowing, cooking, spinning, and carving the 1850s way

600 Cooper Drive, Lexington, KY 40502 (859) 258-7000 (800) 432-0951

Last Updated: Monday, 01-Dec-2008 15:28:21 Eastern Standard Time