Harlan County Arts and Crafts . . . and food

From Poor Fork Arts & Crafts Store, Cumberland, KY

From Poor Fork Arts & Crafts Store, Cumberland, KY

One of the last times I was in Harlan County, I cruised the Little Shepherd Trail.  Now, I know, cruising the trail isn’t the coolest way of seeing the Trail, but that’s what I did. I wanted to see a Harlan County bear in addition to looking deep into the cool shade of the understory for mile upon mile.

No bear was seen that day, but I also cruised through downtown Cumberland, and uptown Cumberland (who knew?!), and was reminded of a beautiful mountain crafts store, run by the Poor Fork Arts & Crafts Guild. Next time you’re in Harlan County, stop by. There’s something so whole and good about our mountain crafts.   The corn cob flowers just knock me out.  And the weaving . . . wow!!

Another selection from the Poor Fork store

Another selection from the Poor Fork store

Let’s support the Guild and other artisans in Eastern Kentucky.   In addition to supporting someone’s wholesome livelihood, buying mountain crafts (and maybe taking a class to learn one yourself!!), not to mention locally grown eggs, honey, shuck beans and other foodstuffs, will preserve our crafts, save our bees, and return us to our more wholesome roots before they become lost.

I don’t know anything about the Guild, but I’m setting to find out!
Poor Fork Arts & Crafts Store

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