Feb 19, 2014 | 10:50 AM - 12:50 PM

David Hurt portrays Lilley Cornett for Kentucky Chautauqua.The Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) Library Seminar Series and Kentucky Chautauqua are proud to present Lilley Cornett: A Voice for the Forest on Wednesday, February 19, at 10:50 a.m. in the Gearheart Auditorium on the Prestonsburg campus.

The story of the Lilley Cornett woods, how it shaped itself in the mind of one man and captured the imagination of the state, is a story worth telling. Lilley Cornett was of a pioneer family, uneducated and of no particular distinction. He was certainly a common man, but one who had an uncommon vision. His 500 acres on Line Fork Creek in Letcher County is all that remains of a primeval paradise. Bought on a in the 1920’s and ‘30s, Mr. Cornett’s woods is the only place in Kentucky that still looks like it did before the arrival of Europeans in the 18th century.

David Hurt portrays Lilley Cornett for Kentucky Chautauqua. A retired farmer, Hurt has picked the guitar and banjo on front porches from Reelfoot to Red River. He has acted at Stage One in Louisville as well as in Lexington Theaters.

Kentucky Chautauqua is an exclusive presentation of the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. with support from the national Endowment for the Humanities and from: Christina Lee Brown, the Brown-Forman Corporation, the Cralle Foundation, The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, Lindsey Wilson College, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, PNC Bank in Lexington, Scripps Howard Foundation, Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc., Union College, WCPO-TV and Western Kentucky University. The Kentucky Humanities Council is a non-profit Kentucky Corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is not a state agency but is a proud partner of Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.

For more information, contact Judy Howell at (606) 889-4650.