The following photographs are made available by the most
generous contribution of, Rhonda Robertson, of Norton, Va.

"David Gass (1732-1806) started to Kentucky with Boone and his party in 1773 from North Carolina, but after a surprise attack by the Indians in which Boone's son was killed, the party turned back to the home of the Gass family at the most western point of civilization. There the Boone family lived in the cabin with the Gass family for two years, or until Boone and his thirty axemen left to cut a path through to the mouth of Otter Creek on the Kentucky River for Richard Henderson and his party in 1773. However, Gass had come with Boone and others to Kentucky during the period of waiting for more settled conditions. Gass and his family lived in Fort Boonesborough three years. There the women molded bullets and carried water during the siege, before moving in 1781 to Estill's Station where they lived five years."

Here lies one of the great controversies of the events leading up to the settling of Ft. Boonesborough. Did Daniel Boone reside in the same home with David Gass and family, or did he reside in his own cabin on the Gass property? Researchers argue that a cabin would not have been large enough to accomadate the two families, and right they are. However, it kind of looks like this, "condo-cabin" may have been a bit larger than the average frontier dwelling. I personally prefer to stay out of such arguments however, I present you with the oldest standing home in Russell County, Virginia ... THE DAVID GASS HOME



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