Thursday, January 21, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Square Nails

Jim & Cindy Hopkins moved their family from Wallins Creek in Harlan County, Kentucky to Rockcastle County between 1900-1902. Their new home was this 2-story house near Brodhead on what is now KY 1326. According to family legend, the house had been used by troops during the Civil War and almost 40 years later still had blood stains on the upstairs walls and porch from the wounded soldiers. (I've never been clear on whether that was Union or Confederate troops.) The family lived here until 1919 when they moved to Gum Sulphur to the west of Brodhead.

In the 1980's, one of my mother's cousins from Michigan was visiting her and other relatives in Rockcastle County. The last remnant of the house had recently been torn down but they took a drive out there anyway. They stopped to look around and ran into the current property owner. When they told him their fathers had lived in the house as children he told them he had saved some of the square nails that were removed during the demolition and gave them several before they left.


  1. That's awesome! What a family heirloom. You're so lucky to have them.

  2. Neat! That was great of them.

    Bill ;-)
    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"