Pine Mountain Settlement School celebrated its Centennial birthday a couple of years ago. I’ve been going there for almost thirty years with students, and taking visiting family to see a bit of paradise. There is so much amazing history at the school that a person could spend years reviewing information in the archives. Environmental education programs are top notch. The landscape is beautiful and the buildings amazing.
I love this place in every season. Spring and fall are my favorites. The March blooms (Easter flowers, or daffodils as some call them) are already lined up in proud profusion, nodding their yellow heads in the spring breeze. Larkspur is beginning to bloom and tulip leaves are pushing their way up through the soil. In another week or two, there will be so many domestic and wildflowers on campus that a new delight awaits in every direction.
I never get tired of walking across the fields, up the gravel roads, or looking out across campus from the chapel door. William Creech’s vision for his community and his desire to education his children and build a strong and wholesome learning opportunity on his side of the mountain set all of this in motion over one hundred years ago.
It is a place I will never tire of revisiting.