Wednesday, May 9, 2012
This school also served the community as church on Sundays, and as social hall on Saturday night. "Pie suppers" apparently were popular sources of social entertainment, where young girls would bake a pie to be auctioned to the young men. It was said to be great fun to bid against the young man who sought to buy the pie baked by the girl he was sweet on. The late Kentucky writer Jesse Stuart, in Taps for Private Tussey, wrote of a family of never-do-wells who would break into the local one-room school and live there between terms. During school terms they would be evicted and return to life in a rockhouse (shallow cave).
The school in the black and white photograph no longer exists. It, along with my grandparents' farm, now lie beneath the waters of Cave Run Lake. The community of Cogswell, Kentucky, no longer appears on maps, and the Scot's Creek boat dock now occupies the space that once was the cemetery on the hill behind this church. All of the graves, including my grandfather's, have been moved to other cemeteries in the area.