Oneida
Slow down or you might just miss it...our tiny village is home to a grocery store, a few shops, a post office, park, car wash, a boat ramp, a gift shop and a museum. Additional shops, florists, family farms and roadside stands dot the countryside throughout the Oneida area. Experience small town friendliness at family owned businesses. Oneida is also home to the world renowned Oneida Baptist Institute and many historical sites.
www.OneidaKentucky.com - www.ClayCountyKentucky.org

Manchester
Also located in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Manchester features historic pioneer trails you can trace by auto, wilderness trails you can experience on horseback or ATV, a beautiful recreation and RV park hidden away in a gorgeous mountain valley, walking trails along historic Goose Creek, a public golf course, several public parks and many shops, services and restaurants.
www.WeLoveManchester.com - www.ClayCountyKentucky.org


Booneville
Make your way to the junction of Kentucky Route’s 11 and 30 and you’ll find Booneville nestled on the South Fork of the Kentucky River. Named after American frontiersman, Daniel Boone, the town escaped destruction during the Civil War and was a crossroads for both Union and Confederate regiments. Boonville is a small town featuring shopping, dining and services.
www.owsleycountykentucky.org



Beattyville
Nestled in a valley where the North Fork and South Fork rivers come together to create the head waters of the Kentucky river rests a true mountain community, Beattyville. With a population of 1,178, it is the centerpiece of a mountainous, timber covered county with dramatic cliffs, abundant wildlife and miles of country roads and waterways. Beattyville features shopping, dining, services and parks.
www.beattyville.org


London
London's location and relatively low cost of living have helped make it a "Vacation Crossroads" and a center for business, shopping, entertainment, education, health-care and retail. A moderate climate and proximity to huge forests, beautiful lakes, tourist attractions and the metropolitan areas of Lexington and Knoxville combine to make London a very special place for visitors.
www.cityoflondonky.org
The Big Cities...
Lexington
Known as the "Thoroughbred City" and the "Horse Capital of the World", Lexington is located in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass region. Listed in National Geographic Traveler's "50 Best Places of a Lifetime", Kentucky's famed Bluegrass Region is not to be missed. Lexington is at the heart of this region of rare beauty, but the region is also dotted with charming small towns to explore. Whether your interests are Civil War sites, historic homes, Bourbon distilleries, folk arts and crafts, hiking, bird watching, antiques, horse farms, museums, art galleries or memorable dining, the Bluegrass has a wealth of attractions to discover.
www.visitlex.com

Knoxville
Good times and good friends await you in Knoxville, Tennessee - a modern Appalachian city with great dining, nightlife, museums, shopping, family fun and championship sports. Whatever you seek, you'll find it here. Knoxville is home to museums, historic homes, college and professional sports, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, plus great golfing, boating, and an ever-changing world of musical events, festivals and celebrations.
www.knoxville.org
In & Around Oneida Kentucky...
Oneida Kentucky
Wonderfully Wild, Breathtakingly Beautiful
Kentucky Elk Country Corridor Attractions

Monkey Hollow Wildlife Sanctuary Cabins
Address: PO Box 185
City: Oneida
State: KY
Zip Code: 40972
www.WorldAnimalFoundation.net

ARTWALK
Phone: (606) 634-4981
Address: 229 Main Street
City: Whitesburg
State: KY
Zip Code: 41858
www.TourPineMtn.com

Anakawi/Clay County High School Nature Trail
Phone: (606) 598-3737
Address: 415 Clay County High Road
City: Manchester
State: KY
Zip Code: 40962

Ancient Rock Writings Display
Phone: (606) 598-3456
Address: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 394
City: Manchester
State: KY
Zip Code: 40962
www.WeLoveManchester.com

Appalachian Artisan Center of Kentucky, Inc.
Phone: (606) 785-9855
Address: 16 West Main Street
City: Hindman
State: KY
Zip Code: 41822
www.artisancenter.net

Asher Cabin
Phone: (606) 598-5507
Address: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 394
City: Manchester
State: KY
Zip Code: 40962
www.WeLoveManchester.com

Bad Branch Falls
Phone: (606) 633-2129
Address: 1745 Hwy 932
City: Ovenfork
State: KY
Zip Code: 40823

Beech Creek Public Wildlife Area
Phone: (502) 564-4336
Address: Mailing Address: 1 Game Farm Road
City: Frankfort
State: KY
Zip Code: 40601
www.fw.ky.gov

Bert T Combs Lake
Phone: (606) 598-1754
Address: Mailing Address: 212 Main Street
City: Manchester
State: KY
Zip Code: 40962
www.WeLoveManchester.com

Big Double Creek Picnic Area
Phone: (606) 598-2192
Address: 91 Peabody Road
City: Big Creek
State: KY
Zip Code: 40914

Big Hickory Golf Course
Phone: (606) 598-8053
Address: 521 Big Hickory Road
City: Manchester
State: KY
Zip Code: 40962

BIKE NIGHT
Phone: (606) 633-5950
Address: 156 Main Street, Suite 107
City: Whitesburg
State: KY
Zip Code: 41858

Breathitt County Museum
Phone: (606) 666-4159
Address: 329 Broadway
City: Jackson
State: KY
Zip Code: 41339
www.breathittmuseum.com

Breathitt County War Memorial
Phone: (606) 666-7973
Address: Brown Street
City: Jackson
State: KY
Zip Code: 41339

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park
Phone: (606) 398-7510
Address: 4441 State Highway 1833
City: Buckhorn
State: KY
Zip Code: 41721
www.hazardperrytourism.com

Buckhorn Log Cathedral
Phone: (606) 398-7382
Address: 300 Buckhorn Lane
City: Buckhorn
State: KY
Zip Code: 41721
www.hazardperrytourism.com

Carr Creek Lake Marina
Phone: (606) 642-3308
Address: 843 Sassafras Creek Road
City: Sassafras
State: KY
Zip Code: 41759
www.parks.ky.gov/findparks/recparks/cc/

Carr Creek State Park
Phone: (606) 642-4050
Address: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 249
City: Sassafras
State: KY
Zip Code: 41759
www.parks.ky.gov/findparks/recparks/cc/

Carr Fork Lake
Phone: (606) 642-3308
Address: 843 Sassafras Creek Road
City: Sassafras
State: KY
Zip Code: 41759
www.lrl.usace.army.mil/cfl/

Carr Fork Wildlife Management Area
Phone: (606) 642-3308
Address: Mailing Address: 843 Sassafras Creek Road
City: Sassafras
State: KY
Zip Code: 41759
www.state.ky.us/agencies/parks/carrcrk.htm

Cawood Picnic Area
Phone: (606) 598-2192
Address: 91 Peabody Road
City: Big Creek
State: KY
Zip Code: 40914
www.southernregion.fs.fed.us/boone

Confluence Recreation Area/Mary Breckenridge Memorial Park
Phone: (606) 398-7251
Address: Mailing Address: 804 Buckhorn Dam Road
City: Buckhorn
State: KY
Zip Code: 41721

Daniel Boone National Forest
Phone: (606) 598-2192
Address: 91 Peabody Road
City: Manchester
State: KY
Zip Code: 40914
www.southernregion.fs.fed.us/boone/

Douthitt Park
Phone: (606) 666-8980
Address: HWY 15 North
City: Jackson
State: KY
Zip Code: 41339

Elk Mountain Saddle Club
Phone: (606) 813-7020
Address: 19 Rockhouse Branch Road
City: Manchester
State: KY
Zip Code: 40962
www.elkmountainsaddleclubofky.com

Fish Pond Lake
Phone: (606) 633-2129
Address: US 119 North at Payne Gap
City: Whitesburg
State: KY
Zip Code: 41537

Heritage Car Show 2KXI
Phone: (606) 632-1200
Address: Main Street
City: Whitesburg
State: KY
Zip Code: 41858

Hindman Settlement School
Phone: (606) 785-5475
Address: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 844
City: Hindman
State: KY
Zip Code: 41822
www.hindmansettlement.org

Hyden City Park
Phone: (606) 672-2300
Address: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 972
City: Hyden
State: KY
Zip Code: 41749

Kentucky School of Craft
Phone: (606) 487-3407
Address: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1497
City: Hindman
State: KY
Zip Code: 41822
www.hazard.kctcs.edu

Knott County Historical Genealogical Society and B & B
Phone: (606) 785-5751
Address: 147 Carew Drive
City: Hindman
State: KY
Zip Code: 41822

Letcher County Veterans Memorial Museum
Phone: (606) 632-9020
Address: 360 Main Street
City: Whitesburg
State: KY
Zip Code: 41858

Letcher County Youth Concert Series
Phone: (606) 335-3871
Address: 229 Main Street
City: Whitesburg
State: KY
Zip Code: 41858

Lilley Cornett Woods
Phone: (606) 633-5828
Address: Route 1103
City: Skyline
State: KY
Zip Code: 41851
www.TourPineMtn.com

Littcarr Wildlife Viewing Area
Phone: (606) 642-3308
Address: Mailing Address: 843 Sassafras Creek Road
City: Sassafras
State: KY
Zip Code: 41759
www.lrl.usace.army.mil/cfl

Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come Outdoor Drama
Phone: (606) 832-1453
Address: 255 Amphitheatre Road
City: Jenkins
State: KY
Zip Code: 41537
www.littleshepherddrama.com

Little Shepherd Trail
Phone: (606) 633-2129
Address: 5312 HWY 119 South onto HWY 1679
City: Whitesburg
State: KY
Zip Code: 41858
www.TourPineMtn.com

Marie Stewart Museum and Crafts Shop
Phone: (606) 785-9844
Address: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 844
City: Hindman
State: KY
Zip Code: 41822
www.hindmansettlement.org

Morris Fork Crafts
Phone: (606) 398-2194
Address: 930 Morris Fork Road
City: Jackson
State: KY
Zip Code: 41339

Mountain Heritage Festival
Phone: (606) 633-9644
Address: 421 Main Street
City: Whitesburg
State: KY
Zip Code: 41858
www.mountainheritagefestival.com

Oven Fork Mercantile
Phone: (606) 633-8909
Address: 8494 Highway 119 South
City: Oven Fork
State: KY
Zip Code: 40823
www.ovenfork.com

Panbowl Lake
Phone: (606) 666-8980
Address: HWY 15
City: Jackson
State: KY
Zip Code: 41339

Pine Mountain Craft Co-op
Phone: (606) 633-0185
Address: 331 HWY 119 North
City: Whitesburg
State: KY
Zip Code: 41858
www.TourPineMtn.com

Pine Mountain Trail State Park
Phone: (606) 633-2362
Address: P. O. Box 784
City: Whitesburg
State: KY
Zip Code: 41858
www.pinemountaintrail.com

Pioneer Horse Trail
Phone: (606) 633-2129
Address: Mailing Address: 156 Main Street,
Suite 107
City: Whitesburg
State: KY
Zip Code: 41858
www.TourPineMtn.com

Raven Rock Golf Course
Phone: (606) 832-2955
Address: 586 Golf Course Lane
City: Jenkins
State: KY
Zip Code: 41537
www.ravenrockgolf.com

Red Bird Crest Trail #801
Phone: (606) 598-2192
Address: 91 Peabody Road
City: Big Creek
State: KY
Zip Code: 40914
www.southernregion.fs.fed.us/boone

Red Bird Mission Crafts
Phone: (606) 598-2709
Address: Mailing Address: 70 Queendale
Center
City: Beverly
State: KY
Zip Code: 40913
www.crafts.rbmission.org

Red Bird River
Phone: (606) 598-2192
Address: 91 Peabody Road
City: Big Creek
State: KY
Zip Code: 40914

Red Bird Wildlife Management Area
Phone: (606) 598-2192
Address: 91 Peabody Road
City: Big Creek
State: KY
Zip Code: 40914

Richard M. Nixon Recreation Center
Phone: (606) 672-3200
Address: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 619
City: Hyden
State: KY
Zip Code: 41749

Riverside Days
Phone: (606) 832-4331
Address: Mailing Address: P. O. Box 83, Jenkins, KY 41537
City: Whitesburg
State: KY
Zip Code: 41858
www.riversidedays.com

Robinson Forest
Phone: (606) 666-4159
Address: 23 miles SE of Jackson, KY 15S to KY 476, E. to Buckhorn Creek Road
City: Jackson
State: KY
Zip Code: 41339

Roger Breeding ATV Trailhead-Letcher County
Phone: (606) 633-2129
Address: U. S. 119 North at Payne Gap
City: Jenkins
State: KY
Zip Code: 41537
www.TourPineMtn.com

Saddle Up Elk Tours
Phone: (606) 642-3656 or (606) 634-3504
Address: Mailing Address: 250 Hale Cemetary Road
City: Mallie
State: KY
Zip Code: 41836
www.trailsrus.com/saddleuptours

Seedtime Festival
Phone: (606) 633-0108
Address: 91 Madison Avenue
City: Whitesburg
State: KY
Zip Code: 41858
www.appalshop.org/seedtime

South Fork, Kentucky River
Phone: (606) 598-1754
Address: Mailing Address: 212 Main Street
City: Manchester
State: KY
Zip Code: 40962

Southfork Elk View
Phone: (606) 666-3800
Address: HWY 1098
City: Jackson
State: KY
Zip Code: 41339

Sugar Branch Trail
Phone: (606) 642-3308
Address: 843 Sassafras Creek Road
City: Sassafras
State: KY
Zip Code: 41759
www.lrh.usace.army.mil

Sugar Camp Golf Club
Phone: (606) 693-4727
Address: 2 miles south of Jackson, HWY 30 East (4.2 miles from junction 30E and HWY 15)
City: Jackson
State: KY
Zip Code: 41339

The Letcher County Historical and Genealogical Society
Phone: (606) 855-7338
Address: 220. Main Street
City: Whitesburg
State: KY
Zip Code: 41858

Thunder on the Mountain; “The Return of General John Hunt Morgan”
Phone: (606) 633-2226
Address: US 23 at KY/VA Line
City: Jenkins
State: KY
Zip Code: 41537
www.TourPineMtn.com

Trace Branch Recreation Area & Campground
Phone: (606) 398-7154
Address: Mailing Address: 804 Buckhorn Dam Road
City: Buckhorn
State: KY
Zip Code: 41721
www.lrl.usace.army.mil/bhl

Wendover Bed & Breakfast/Breckenridge Log Home
Phone: (606) 672-2317
Address: 132 FNS Drive
City: Wendover
State: KY
Zip Code: 41775

Wiley’s Last Resort
Phone: (606) 633-7006, (606) 634- 3306
Address: U. S. 119 at the Little Shepherd Trail
City: Whitesburg
State: KY
Zip Code: 41858
www.wileyslastresort.com
Cedar Valley School & Adoniram Allen Grave

A remote, beautiful setting on the South Fork recalls Clay County's distant and recent past. The beautifully constructed Cedar Valley School stands as an elegant ruin in a setting of unsurpassed beauty on the banks of the South Fork of the Kentucky River, in northern Clay County.

The remote spot is reachable by car, but is not on one of the main asphalt roads. To reach it, take KY 11 north from Oneida and turn right onto Rocky Branch Road. Cross the low water bridge over the South Fork and follow the gravel road to Laurel Point Cemetery, final resting place of Revolutionary War veteran Adoniram Allen. Beyond the cemetery, a mile or so, turn left on Cedar Valley Road and follow it a short distance to the school.

The school was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The workmanship is a thing to behold.

Captain Adoniram "Capt. Teges" Allen was one of the early Clay County settlers who arrived around 1806 or so (he was at the first court in 1807), most likely as a result of a land grant for his services in the Revolution where he distinguished himself in fighting at the famous Battle of Kings Mountain in North Carolina.

Born in 1734, Allen was a contemporary of George Washington, and he is the oldest known settler known to have lived in Clay County, older even than John Gilbert, the first settler.

Allen erected one of the first grist mills in the county, a large one on the South Fork near the "Narrows," that stood for many decades.

He is the progenitor of Clay County's extended Allen family.
Chief Redbird and John Gilbert Markers

The men commemorated by these two highway historic markers are undoubtedly the two most prominent names of the early history of the county. As these sort of markers go, one is fairly accurate, the other less so. One thing is clear, however: Chief Red Bird actually did live along the banks of the Red Bird River, that takes its name from him. And he was killed in the area. But not, as the sign claims, along with his "friend" Jack. According to a series of letters between the governors of Tennessee and Kentucky at the time, Jack was actually one of the two men who allegedly did the killing.

John Gilbert, who is thought to have been the first settler on Red Bird, and thus, Clay County, most likely knew Red Bird. And this is one case where a man said to have been Red Bird's friend may actually have been. Gilbert is thought to have settled here in 1783, the year the American Revolution ended, when the state of Virginia opened up parts of what became eastern Kentucky for settlement.

Gilbert took advantage of the situation and carved out a wilderness paradise for himself on the Red Bird River, near the mouth of, well, Gilbert’s Creek, where his well-preserved grave stone and that of his wife, Mollie, sit peacefully beside the river today.

Gilbert met young Mollie Bowling when she came to the Red Bird wilderness with her parents and Felix Gilbert, a half brother to John. John had offered them, and a few others, land if they would come and join him in what could only have been an extraordinary, but incredibly lonely setting.

It wasn’t long before more settlers started showing up in the headwaters of the Kentucky River (of which Red Bird is one), people who by appearances seem to have been as independent as one would expect them to have been. This influx of people (a century later it was no more than one family per mile) must have seemed to those of a certain type overcrowding and before long led to quarreling. When the quarreling over cows led to something called the “Cattle War” - in which John Gilbert was a leading warrior - the Kentucky Legislature stepped in and, in December 1806, created a new county to keep things under control. When this new county called Clay took effect in April 1807, John Gilbert was appointed a justice of the court as was his nemesis in the Cattle War, a prospect not designed to assure peace.

The story of Clay County’s restless 19th Century is well known, but John Gilbert was not a participant in any further “wars”. He was, rather, a well-documented force for good. He went on to serve in several capacities in the Clay County government, as a State representative and senator representing Clay and surrounding counties, and, most famously, established several Primitive Baptist Churches in the area, where he was said to have preached spiritedly with a glass of spirits always handy in the pulpit.

John Gilbert was the titular head of the Gilbert clan of Clay and Leslie counties, as well as one of the founding fathers of Clay County. He came to Clay County nearly 230 years ago yet his personality was so rich he is still referred to in genealogy and history circles with something akin to familiarity to this day.

These two historical markers are located on KY 66 in front of the Big Creek Elementary School, less than a mile from the Big Creek exit of the Hal Rogers Parkway. The Chief Red Bird sign is further downstream, near the mouth of Dry Branch. The John Gilbert grave site and homestead at the mouth of Gilbert's Creek is several miles upstream from the sign, just off KY 66.
James Anderson Burns' Cabin and Museum

James Anderson Burns' cabin houses the Oneida Baptist Institute museum in the little village of Oneida. The school sits on a knob overlooking the confluence of Goose Creek and the Red Bird River, which forms the South Fork of the Kentucky River.

The Oneida Baptist Institute was founded in 1899 by Professor James Anderson Burns as a way to help stop the feuding at the end of the 19th Century. Burns hoped that by educating the children of the feuders they would find better uses for their time.

Like the tail wagging the dog Oneida (pronounced Oneeda, Indian fashion) is not the site of the famous Oneida Institute - the Oneida Institute is the site of the town of Oneida. For when Professor James Anderson Burns first proposed the institution he hoped would educate the children of the Clay County quarrelling families in an attempt to end the feuding, there was no town. The school was built on vision, determination, prayer, and generous gifts from wealthy northern citizens Burns charmed, and the town grew up around it.

In 1899, Burns, a former feuder himself, gathered some of the feuding residents of the area where the Red Bird River and Goose Creek meet to form the South Fork of the Kentucky River, and through force of will and a gift for oratory, convinced them to support a school he was going to build by sending him their children. The plan worked and the school got underway in 1900.

Among the many poor mountain children who were rescued from a future of poverty and violence was Charles Goins, an illiterate son of a single mother who went on to become an intellectual and to the presidency of the school. Goins’ nephew, Bert Combs, went to the school and went on from there to become a federal judge and the most progressive and well-respected governor in Kentucky history.

The little boarding school on the knoll overlooking its namesake town has played a large part in the history of Clay County, and has attracted students from around the world.
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