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Woodspoint Photo Album
Celebrating Jack's 80th year
Ode to Jack on turning 80
The House on Piomingo Point (click photo to enlarge)
|Spring at Woodspoint
Color Aerial Photo of Woodspoint
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Map of Woodspoint
Points of interest on the map of Woodspoint
Larger Map of Woodspoint (loads slow)
Dow Memorial at Woodspoint
The cliffs at Woodspoint
The Cabin at Woodspoint (click photo to enlarge)
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Jesse Woodspoint cat click to enlarge.
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another woodspoint cat
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|Upper Missouri River Trip June 1999
Green River Trip
Cave on old Scott farm
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Alice Bondurant (Scott)
Brandenburg United Methodist Church
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|The Fireplace Room by Jack Scott, (celebrating 80 years)
The Early Years of My Life by Jack Scott
The Dream by Jack Scott
Blood on My Hands by Jack Scott
Dynamite by Jack Scott
Jack Scott, age 10, 1932
About Jack Scott
Jack Scott biographical sketch
by Alice Scott
Woodspoint Wilderness consists of land that was owned by the Dow family, ancestors of Alice Scott, in the 1800's. After the turn of the century, the land was sold out of the family; then in 1960, Jack and Alice Scott bought the land and began to lay the groundwork for the present nature refuge and retreat center. It is used for hikes, for retreats, for workshops, and for picnics and parties by members of the family and by groups by appointment. Adjacent land is owned by family members, the family holdings totaling some 500 acres of woods which is bounded by Otter Creek Park on one side and by Fort Knox land, thus providing a vast acreage altogether for wildlife habitat. The log cabin was built by Lester Ransley in the 1920's, using native materials and local workmen to help with moving stones and logs, and with the actual construction.
Wildlife, which is protected here, is abundant in the forest; nature groups use certain areas for observation walks, especially fern and wildflower hikes. Animals include foxes, rabbits, raccoon, squirrels, otter, white-tail deer, bobcat, and coyotes, Birds here include eagles.
The history of the area includes an account of one of the last Indian skirmishes in Kentucky which took place here "in the forest downstream from the Rock Haven Landing". An important event in Indian history occurred in 1809, when the great Shawnee chief, Tecumseh, met in conference near the mouth of Otter Creek with the tribes of the north and tribes of the south in an attempt to form an Indian confederacy to repel the white settlers in the Ohio valley. Another chief remembered here is Piomingo, a chief of the Mingoes. On an early map in the state Historical Museum in Frankfort, a town named Ohiopiomingo is shown on the river downstream from the Rock Haven Landing on the land which is now Woodspoint Wilderness. Ohiopiomingo, a paper town established in 1795 by an Englishman, was to be considered for the national capital city. Named for the Indian chief, the town was never built, but was part of a grandiose scheme for settling this part of the country.
Remains of four log homes are found with their old dug wells and flower gardens which still bloom, reminders of the work of the hands of our grandmothers and grandfathers. Froman Hollow has a clear flowing stream entirely in the bounds of Woodspoint. Oak, walnut, beech and sycamore line the banks, and wildflowers are abundant.
There is a small campsite on the creek under an old beech tree, covered with names going back 60 years or more. In 1940, Jack and Alice carved their initials on the tree.
Under the cliff, downstream from Froman Hollow, is an unusual animal trail where flowers bloom and the water falls are misty in springtime. In winter, there are massive ice formations under the cliffs. The trail leads to the old railroad spring and waterfall under the bluff.
On the highest point if land is the Dow cemetery. Family members were buried here during the last century and the early part of this century. This site hosted by