Letcher County, named for Robert Perkins Letcher, a state legislator, governor from 1840-1844, and U.S. minister to Mexico, is known for its scenic beauty, rich mountain culture, and heritage. Much of the area’s local history is on display on highway markers throughout the county.
From early settlement at the beginning of the nineteenth century to industrialized coal mining in the twenty-first century, Letcher County has witnessed an enormous amount of change. The people and places of the county have made both state and national history. Some of that history is inspiring, such as the novels of John Fox, Jr., who called upon the area’s mountains for his stories. Other history is tragic, such as Scotia Mine disaster in 1976. Regardless of how its history is interpreted, the people, places, and events in Letcher County’s past continue to be relevant in the present and a guide for the future.
We hope you will use this app to explore Letcher County’s rich history and unique stories.