Life on the frontier of the Upper Cumberlands was harsh. Most passed through and didn’t stay. But some did, and became legends. This is the story of Armstead Blevins, one of those who stayed.

His father’s first wife was the daughter of Princess Cornblossom of the Doublehead Cherokees. His first wife was the granddaughter of a Revolutionary War soldier who fought with George Washington at Valley Forge. Armstead raised 17 children along the banks of Parch Corn Creek in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, surviving a raid by Confederate guerrillas during the Civil War and building one of the best farms in the region. Back then, it was a way of life. Today, it’s an excellent hike.