Jesse Stuart was a  poet and novelist who wrote about the people and land of the hills and valleys of his native Kentucky.  Although Stuart became well-known as a writer, his primary job was teaching and being a school administrator in the mountains of Kentucky.

Stuart’s book about his experiences as an educator, The Thread That Runs So True, became a classic in its field, and has stayed in print for more than 50 years since it was published in 1949. People who have read the book often credit it with inspiring them to become teachers.

The Jesse Stuart State Nature Preserve in Greenup, Kentucky, is a 714-acre plot of land which the author donated to the state of Kentucky to become a public park and remain largely undeveloped.  Its trails and hollows contain many places mentioned in Stuart’s books.

This is the first stop on our Kentucky Trail!

Rebecca Blake Beech