Springs and a Wilderness Station
by Jeff Renner
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From the back cover:
A Farmer. A Longhunter. A Tory.
When Kentucky became the 15th state in the Union in 1792 the region
encompassing future Rockcastle County was yet an untamed and unsettled
hinterland. That same year, a middle-aged man, his son and
daughter-in-lawalong with his girlfriend and her slaves, Sam and
Charitystruck out into the wilderness with the impracticable notion of
establishing a frontier station. The chosen spot was in a fertile valley cove,
well-fed by springs. That no road led to their enterprise would prove to be
only a minor obstaclethey would simply build one.
Their success is evidenced today by the existence of Mount Vernon, the only
town in the Wilderness which began life as a pioneer station.
The story of early Mount Vernon and Rockcastle County is the drama and tragedy
of Stephen Langford and his family, and of his business partners, Valentine
Harmon and William Henderson (and many others). Its a saga of bravery,
perserverence, talent and fortuneand one of abuse, broken promises, death