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Blackburn School  Blackburn School, Left hand fork of Little Blaine. Joyce (Burton Wallace) has been searching for years to learn what school her mother, Dorothy Hayes Burton, taught. We stumbled across her mother's dictionary, and in the back cover was written that she was the teacher at the Blackburn School, Little Blaine in 1927-28.  Photo & information contributed by Chuck Wallace.


Jessie Caudill's House.  The house is located on Cordle Branch Brushy Creek near Cordell, KY.   The house is probably better known as the Winfry Cordle place,  as he bought it after Jessie died at an early age.  Photo & information contributed Jim Ovendorf.



Lawrence County Court House A painting of the Courthouse.   Photo & information contributed Jim Ovendorf.


Travis Branch.  This in one of the obstacles that has to be traversed in reaching the Greenville Travis Cemetery . . . you have to walk a ways down the muddy creek.  The cemetery is located in the hills that you see in the background.   Left photo & information contributed by Joanne Elliott. The two photos on the right were contributed by Val McKenzie.  The top one was taken in 2007.  The bottom photo shows the Travis Branch in the winter.  Per Val, "I don't now which would be worse, the mud in summer or the ice in winter."




Smokey Valley School, Lawrence County, KY, Circa 1922.   This school was located on what is now called Greenbriar Road, off of Route 32, about 4 miles southwest of Louisa.  It sat atop a hill directly across from the Cyrus Homeplace.  Smokey Valley School was distroyed by fire (arson) around 1950.

Sheridan Cyrus - Left side of photo, kneeling, white shirt, left hand on chin;  Roberta Cyrus - Very front row, 2nd child from right, sitting, white dress;  Estee Hay & Lestee Hay & Ms. Meade - Third row just left of center, twins Estee & Lestee have matching plaid dresses.  Ms. Meade, teacher at Smokey Valley School, is just in front of Lestee in a dark dress;  Dorothy Cyrus (?) - 2nd row, 6th from right, dress with a matching jacket, hands together in her lap;  Irene & Frank Cyrus - 3rd row right of center, white trim borders the collar, waist and sleeves of Irene's dress.  Frank is in a suit and tie;  Lucy Cyrus - 3rd row, 6th from the right in a plaid dress.  There is girl between Frank & Lucy;   Raymond Cyrus - Back row, in front of the right window, wearing a suit and tie.  These Cyrus's are the children of Joseph Morgan & Sarah (Hayes) Cyrus.   Photo & information contributed by Jeff Dixon & Mrs. Dixon.

Cordle Homestead.  The Cordle Homestead is located up Raccoon Holler in Blaine, Kentucky.  The original homeplaces are on up the hill behind it.  This one was built by John R. Cordle for $600.00 about 1900.   Photo & information contributed by Janie Cordle Drake.

 Busseyville School.   1928.  "I was able to find out everyone in the Busseyville School picture through my cousin Regenia (Wellman) Roberts she is in the picture. The teacher is Ward Patton (Gov. Paul Patton's Dad).  Front Row ~ Left to Right:  Elman C. Pigg, Fred Raymond Wellman, Bernard Holt, Billy George Shannon, Mitchell Hughes, Merill Hughes, Richard Muncy & Henry Wellman. Second Row:  Dora Fuggitt, Willie Short, Madge Hughes, Charles Shannon, Mary Emma Holt, Regina Wellman, Margie Hughes, Willard Wellman & Joe Holt.  Third Row:  Leona Wellman, Emma Jean Muncy, Roy Wellman, Ward Patton (teacher), Mary Wellman, Mildred Pigg, Monnie Wellman, Mable Fuggitt, Norma Fuggitt, Saddie or Effie Smith, Saddie or Effie Smith."   Photo & information contributed by Leonard Wellman.


Dock Travis Home Place ~ This is the Dock Travis (1866 - 1937) home located on Brushey. Dock was the son of Greenville & Delilah (Hayes) Travis.  The photo was taken 12/98.  Photo & information contributed by  Trish VanHoose.


Mattie Church ~ This is the old Mattie Church located on Little Blaine. This is where the Caudill/Cordials/Cordles attended. Photo taken in 1999.  Photo & information contributed by Gary Blake.


Caudill Home Place ~ The back of the original photo reads, "This is the Thad Caudill Place on Brushy above Grandpa Travis Place in Lawrence County, KY where Andrew and his family are shown. Also Ossie Caudill and his wife." Photo contributed by Rick Travis.


Elza Ball Cabin ~ This is the Elza Ball cabin on Dry Ridge.  Henry Bascom Roberts and Louverna Ball Roberts lived there for awhile. Henry and Louverna were my great grandparents. The cabin was owned by Dan Ball until about a year ago.  Photo &  information contributed by Linda Smith.


The Mary Church ~ Mary Church of the United Baptist was established in 1908.  It is loacted in Charlie.  Photo &  information contributed by Ken Thompson.


Wheeler Home Place  ~ This is a picture of the last Wheeler home place. It was located at the mouth of Morgan creek, in Lawrence County, KY.   It was torn down in the late 1930's and moved to higher grounds as the back waters from Big Blaine Creek  and the waters that came down from Morgan Creek got up in the old homeplace pretty often.  One of the rooms were made out of big yellow poplar logs. When the house was torn down the logs were taken to the sawmill and sawed into boards to be use for siding on the new house.

Russ  Wheeler writes, "This is the house I was born in.  This farm was in our family from the early 1920's to the early 1980';   and, if I am not mistaken, it was in the Carter family before that . . . there is an old Carter family cemetery located on the farm.   There are probably lots of stories that could be told about this old house.  When I was a young lad back in the middle 30's, I would crawl out the windows on the second floor and walk around on the tin roof .  My Mom would take care of me when I did a thing like that  . . . and you can guess what she did!  Lots of fond memories. " Photo &  information contributed by  Russ Wheeler.

 Little Blaine United Baptist Church ~ This church was established in  1841. It is located on the Pack Fork of Little Blaine near Norris, Little Blaine, Lawrence County, KY.  This is also known the Old Pack Church. The church has a plaque over the door which states that it was built in 1846;  however, the church was established in 1841.  It is built from virgin, hand-hewed timber . . . some measuring 21" across. Services are held in it once a month and a Home Coming held each year. More information to come . . .Photo &  information contributed by Ken Thompson. 

Update from :  The Little Blaine United Baptist Church has fallen through and moved it's membership to the Mary Church of the United Baptist. Since, they no longer have members they now meet there only on the odds. The odd weekends are the months that have 5 weeks they will meet on the odd Sunday of that month at 10:00am. They also meet there the last Sunday in August every year for the homecoming. Also, the Mary Church meets on the first weekend of every month on Saturday night at 7:00pm and Sunday morning at 10:00am. The first Sunday in August is the Mary Churches communion time. If it is cold on the Little Blaine meeting times we have it at the Mary Church. You have where it is also known as Old Pack Church. But it is now also and mostly referred to as the Log Cabin or Log Church.

 Vancover's Fort~ This Tablet erected on the courthouse lawn by the Louisa Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution in 1946 and reads: "on this point, 700 feet East of this spot, in the spring of 1789, was Established the first settlement in this section known as VANCOVER'S FORT. Charles Vancover was granted 15,000 acres on December 17, 1788, by Gov. Beverly Randolph of Virginia. He and his men cleaned land, built the fort and planted a crop. A year later they were driven off by the indians."   Photo &  information contributed by Ken Thompson.

 County Named 1821 ~ Erected in 1965 by the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Department of Highways on the courthouse lawn at Louisa and reads: "COUNTY NAMED 1821 For Capt. James Lawrence, whose charge, "Don't give up the ship," when mortally wounded in battle between USS Chesapeake and HMS Shannon off Boston, June 1, 1813, met highest traditions of US Navy and has inspired all Americans. Buried with honor by British in Halifax; reinterred at Trinity Church, New York. Lawrence county was formed from Greenup and Floyd.   Photo &  information contributed by Ken Thompson.

 Louisa in the Civil War ~ Tablet erected 1962 by the Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highway, on the courthouse lawn, at Louisa and reads: "LOUISA IN THE CIVIL WAR ~ River traffic caused Union forces under Gen. James A. Garfield, 20th. U. S. President, to occupy Louisa Dec. 1861. CSA troops attempted capture March 12 and 25-26, 1863. Southern partisans raided area Nov. 5, 1864, burning houses and two steamers, and looting stores. Fort Bishop, USA, completed here just as war ended in 1865. Also called Fort Gallup and Fort Hill."   Photo &  information contributed by Ken Thompson.

  "Dedicated to all Veterans of Lawrence County, who gave their lives for freedom." ~ This memorial stands on the courthouse lawn at Louisa and holds the names of over 110 soldiers, who gave their lives that we may have the freedom we enjoy have today. Dedicated May 23, 1987, erected by Military Service Organizations of Lawrence County Kentucky with private donations.   Photo &  information contributed by Ken Thompson.

 Burial House ~ Situated on the Old Thornton Moore Farm at Mattie, Lawrence County, KY.  In years past, "Burial Houses" were common in Lawrence County, as well as many other counties in eastern Kentucky. This Burial House covers the remains of Thornton and Elizabeth Moore and is located on the farm where"Thornt" and Elizabeth lived and raised their children. The farm still remains in the family today, owned by Samuel Jr. and Loraine (Moore) Self.   Loraine is granddaughter of Thornt and Elizabeth.  Photo &  information contributed by Ken Thompson.

Last Updated:  Wednesday, April 14, 2010 10:48 AM