A remote, beautiful setting on the South Fork that recalls Clay County's distant and recent past
The beautifully constructed Cedar Valley School stands as an elegant ruin in a setting of unsurpassed beauty on the banks of the South Fork of the Kentucky River, in northern Clay County. The remote spot is reachable by car, but is not on one of the main asphalt roads shown on the Points of Interest map. To reach it take KY 11 north from Oneida, and turn right onto Rocky Branch Road. Cross the low water bridge over the South Fork and follow the gravel road to Laurel Point Cemetery, final resting place of Revolutionary War veteran Adoniram Allen (see photo, above left), and beyond it a mile or so, turn left on Cedar Valley Road and follow it a short distance to the school. The school was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The workmanship is a thing to behold. Captain Adoniram "Capt. Teges" Allen, was one of the early Clay County settlers, who arrived around 1806 or so (he was at the first court in 1807), most likely as a result of a land grant for his services in the Revolution, where he distinguished himself in fighting at the famous Battle of Kings Mountain in North Carolina. Born in 1734, Allen was a contemporary of George Washington, and he is the oldest known settler known to have lived in Clay County, older even than John Gilbert, the first settler. Allen erected one of the first grist mills in the county, a large one on the South Fork near the "Narrows," that stood for many decades. He is the progenitor of Clay County's extended Allen family.