“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Munfordville in Hart County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Living on the Land

Early Uses

Living on the Land Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 25, 2011
1. Living on the Land Marker
When humans first came to the Green River valley thousands of years ago, they quickly learned how to make use of the native trees, shrubs, grasses and flowering plants. From accounts by the first European settlers, we know that they used dugout canoes, and from evidence in caves we know they ate the native hickory nuts and walnuts. In many cases, however, we have to guess, as artifacts made of wood or plant matter would long since have disappeared.

Early European settlers left more record of how they used the native plants around them. Some of the used may have been learned from Indian peoples - some may have even been passed down through your family to you.

Some Plants the Settlers Used
White oak - baskets, building materials, barrels
Red maple - furniture
Black walnut - nuts, dyes, building
Dogwood - spindles for spinning wheels
Pawpaw - fruit
Wild bergamot - medicinal teas
Purple coneflower - applied to sores and wounds
Redstraw - stuffing for mattresses
Erected by City of Munfordville, US Forest Service, and Kentucky Divison of Forestry.
Location. 37° 16.203′ N, 85° 53.085′ W. Marker is in Munfordville
Living on the Land Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 25, 2011
2. Living on the Land Marker
The two wayside markers seen along the trail in the background are not historical in nature. They describe methods for pruning and planting trees.
, Kentucky, in Hart County. Marker can be reached from River Road east of Old Street. Click for map. Part of a series of markers in Thelma Stovall Park highlighting the history of Munfordville, this marker is situated on the walking track that circles the park. Marker is in this post office area: Munfordville KY 42765, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pump Tower (a few steps from this marker); Return of the Natives (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); L&N Railroad Bridge (about 700 feet away); Amos' Ferry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Munford Inn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thelma Hawkins Stovall (approx. mile away); Pontooniers! (approx. mile away); The Great Buffalo Crossing (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Munfordville.
Categories. EnvironmentHorticulture & ForestryScience & MedicineSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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