We don’t know when the first people walked through this land or who first called it home. Stone tools and other remains have been found all over Western Kentucky — many more than 10,000 years old.
The Pennyroyal is full of caves and hollers that can provide protection from the elements and a safe place to rest and store things. Plentiful springs and creeks provide clean water and the basis for a verdant ecosystem. These are just some of the many reasons people have always chosen to call the Pennyroyal area “home.”
Dozens of discoveries of tools and remains of ancient people have been made in the Pennyroyal — more than anywhere else in Kentucky. The chert rock of the Little River was a popular material for making stone tools for at least 10,000 years. Toolmakers lost a lot of things — including tobacco pipes — on the river’s edge; people today still occasionally spot one.