County Connections: Cumberland Falls history is as interesting as its scenic beauty

09/04/2017 08:00 AM

CORBIN — When the railroad industry left Corbin, the city’s proximity to two national parks and several state parks and lakes moved the city to a more tourism based economy.

One of the more famous tourist sites is Cumberland Falls State Park.

Cumberland Falls Park Program Supervisor Bret Smitley said that the the park had an interesting road to becoming a state park.

“Mr. Thomas DuPont and his family stepped in and offered on several occasions to purchase the property and donate it to the state but the legislature didn’t really accept that until 1930,” Smitley said. “It was about 600 acres of land for about $400,000 in 1930.”

Another interesting feature of the park is where visitors dine and stay at Dupont Lodge.

“It was built by the WPA and they used a lot of sandstone in the building and, of course, a lot of logs,” Smitley said. “It does have a unique natural feel. People really love the big great room with the fireplace.”


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