Barbourville in Knox County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
First House in Kentucky
Dr. Thomas Walker Cabin
A replica of Dr. Walker's log cabin, 8 by 12 feet, marks the site of the dwelling built in 1750. It now stands in a 12-acre state historic site serving as a memorial to the surveyor and physician (born in Virginia in 1715) who constructed the first recorded pioneer dwelling in Kentucky.
Dr. Walker named the river the cabin overlooks in honor of the Duke of Cumberland, son of King George II. The park acreage was acquired and the memorial cabin built by the Borbourville Post of the American Legion.
The reproduction of the old one-room cabin is built of round logs with wide chinked joints and a small chimney, curiously framed in at the base with notched logs.
Location. 36° 52.022′ N, 83° 53.025′ W. Marker is in Barbourville, Kentucky, in Knox County. Marker is at the intersection of Daniel Boone Drive (State Highway 11) and North Broadway, on the Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Barbourville KY 40906, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Battle of Barbourville (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Battle of Barbourville (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Barbourville (about 600 feet away); First Cabin in Kentucky (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War Actions (approx. 0.2 miles away); County Named, 1779 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wallsend Mine (approx. 12.1 miles away); Cumberland Ford (approx. 12.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barbourville.
Also see . . .
1. Dr. Thomas Walker. Walker's expedition is credited with discovering the Cumberland Gap. (Submitted on September 16, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site. (Submitted on September 16, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Topics. This marker is included in these topic lists: Exploration • Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,187 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 16, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.