Jesse Cotton Home

The Jesse Cotton cabin dates from the 1790s or from about 1812 or so, depending upon the source of research. In any case it is one of the county's oldest structures. Jesse Cotton, born in 1788, was a salt boat maker and farmer in the Cotton Bend area of Goose Creek, the location of the City of Manchester's Big Hickory Golf Course. The cabin currently resides on the golf course, near where it originally stood before being relocated due to strip-mining in the area. The cabin is thought to have been built by the family of Cotton's father-in-law, Elijah Griffin before Cotton located in the area, probably in about 1812. According to Cotton family lore, the cabin was "built before Kentucky became a state," which was 1792.
Click to see the Goose Creek Salt Works re-creation village under construction.