Visit Hensley Settlement for a nostalgic look into early 20th century Appalachia. Meander down fence-lined lanes, peek into the blacksmith's shop, look into the springhouse or sit in the one room school. In 1904, Sherman Hensley and Willie Gibbons joined forces to establish a homestead on the mountaintop. Using hand tools to split chestnut logs, the settlers began to build homes. Fences surrounded the cleared land, creating pastures and garden plots. A thriving community soon emerged. The land, suitable for raising sheep and growing crops for liquid spirits, supported the community of twelve farmsteads for more than forty years.
Reservations are recommended and can be made up to one month in advance. All tours depart from the visitor center.
Visitors must be able to walk one mile through the settlement. Comfortable walking shoes and clothing are a must. Feel free to bring a light snack and drink.