Mary Helen Commissary, Harlan County, Kentucky

I have covered this building in this blog and on Facebook before.  I am quite frankly obsessed with this building.  I got concerned over the past couple of weeks we have had nearly 30 inches of snow, and its all been very heavy and wet snow, buildings have collapsed under the weight, including my granny’s old house.  I went to check on this building, which isnt very far from my house, and as you can tell she weathered the storm just fine.

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7 thoughts on “Mary Helen Commissary, Harlan County, Kentucky”

      1. Jamie, I do genealogy and have been working on a lot research from there. I understand how things become distorted, but I read a book called in their own words and it was an oral history project from Harlan. I enjoyed it because it wasn’t stereotypical. There was a bit of folklore in it, but it was mostly personal histories.

      2. Might I suggest a book called Generations by John Egerton. Its probably 35 or 30 years old, but it is a very fascinating read and from what my parents and grand parents have told me a very accurate one.

  1. These pictures brought back lots of dad,Jesse Russell, worked in the mine for years. We lived up macaroni holler.
    When I was about five years old, I went to the commissary one day and bought some king been twist for my grandpa.I took some and hid under the house to chew it. Well I didn’t remember to spit.I come running out from under the house throwing up. My mom was hanging out clothes and when I told her what was wrong, she took a switch and was chasing me while I was throwing up. It wasn’t funny then but it is a great memory…

  2. i was still in loyall when these storms blew through. all that snow! wild stuff. our heat went out overnight that coldest night, and i had to get it fixed – blew a fuse. then finally i got cabin fever and had someone dig the driveway out so i could get out of there!!

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