Cornerstone Groundbreaking

Hindman Settlement School will begin a new chapter in its 114-year history with a formal groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 4:30pm for two forthcoming facilities: the Mike Mullins Cultural Heritage Center and the May Stone Gathering Place.

The Mike Mullins Cultural Heritage Center, formerly the May Stone Building, will undergo extensive renovations with the lower level being transformed into an administrative office suite, a climate-controlled archival space; and handicap-accessible lodging space. As a whole, the facility will receive updated interior furnishings, exterior enhancements, and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. The revitalized Mullins Center, named in honor of Hindman Settlement School’s former Executive Director, will serve as the hub of student and visitor activity while providing an inviting gateway to this historic campus.

Rendering of future Mike Mullins Cultural Heritage Center

The May Stone Gathering Place will rise from the footprints of the former Fireside Industries Cabin, which housed the Settlement’s administrative offices for nearly 50 years. This multipurpose facility will feature meeting spaces, kitchen facilities, patios, and a fire pit. This facility will significantly increase the amount of space available to host workshops, summer classes, and small group gatherings.

Rendering of future May Stone Gathering Place

Immediately following the groundbreaking ceremony, the Settlement will hold a light reception in the Dining Hall of the May Stone Building. The public is invited to attend both the ceremony and the reception.

The architect for the building project is Tom Cruze with Architecture Etc of Lexington, KY. The contractor for the project is Brian Lewis with Lewis Brothers General Contractors of Viper, KY.

To RSVP for the ceremony or to pledge your financial support for the project, call 606.785.5475 or visit