1915 Pine Mountain Settlement School and mountain dulcimers

By David Bennett

Ethel de Long (1879-1928) taught at the Pine Mountain Settlement School from 1913-1928. At the Settlement School the students gained a basic education as well as hands-on learning experiences in the areas of recreation, health, nutrition, and the preservation of traditional occupations, such as spinning, weaving, dancing, and music.  Ethel became accomplished at many of these creative skills, particularly the dulcimer.

For a photo of Ethel de Long with a mountain dulcimer taken about 1915 and read an  interesting article about Kentucky dulcimers from the early 1900’s go to

for more on Ethel de Long click on https://pinemountainsettlement.net/?page_id=1696

If you go to the article “Dorothy H. Stiles – ‘Kentucky 1915′”  at https://pinemountainsettlement.net/?page_id=3164 and read through or scroll down about 3/4 of the way is information and two interesting photos about a dulcimer maker named Bristol Taylor. The first photo I especially like, is of Bristol Taylor playing a mountain dulcimer on the porch of his cabin.


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