William Lynwood Montell Kentucky Folk Architecture

Kentucky Folk Architecture

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Scattered across the Kentucky landscape are hundreds of folk structures--log cabins, cribs, barns--that carry on traditions preserved in wood construction and in memory rather than on paper. Like folk songs, tales, and regional dialects, material culture reveals the ways colonial and Old World legacies have survived and traveled across regions. As William Lynwood Montell and Michael Lynn Morse assert, folk architecture offers the best examples of such expression since houses, barns, and other outbuildings served settlers' most pressing needs. Originally published as part of the Kentucky Bicentennial Bookshelf series and now available for the first time in paper, this survey is a concise introduction to irreplaceable folk structures. Rich in illustrations and anecdotes, and with a new preface, Kentucky Folk Architecture celebrates the diverse cultural heritage of the Commonwealth.