Jim & Cindy Hopkins moved their family from Wallins Creek in Harlan County, Kentucky to Rockcastle County between 1900-1902. Their new home was this 2-story house near Brodhead on what is now KY 1326. According to family legend, troops used the house during the Civil War and almost 40 years later bloodstains from wounded soldiers were still visible on the upstairs walls and porch. (I’ve never been clear on whether that was Union or Confederate troops.) The family lived here until 1919, when they moved to Gum Sulphur, west of Brodhead.
In the 1980s, one of my mother’s cousins from Michigan was visiting her and other relatives in Rockcastle County. The last current property owner had recently torn down the last remnant of the house, but they took a drive out there anyway. They stopped to look around and ran into the owner. When they told him their fathers had lived in the house as children he told them he had saved some square nails they had removed during the demolition and gave them several before they left.