Dillion Asher's cabin at Red Bird may be county's oldest

Dillion Asher's cabin, shown in the photo, is thought to be the oldest structure in Clay County. The well-preserved structure is thought to have been built around the time Asher located on the waters of upper Red Bird, in about 1800. Asher moved to the area when the only known resident was John Gilbert. Asher had served as the keeper of the toll gate at Cumberland Ford on the Wilderness Road at Cumberland Ford, the site of present-day Pineville, since the toll gate was established in 1795.

Asher was on the grand jury the day the first Clay County court was seated, April 13th, 1807. He went on to establish a large clan of Ashers in Clay and Leslie Counties and was a major player in the early development of the timber industry in Clay County.