This theme of Brush Arbor, Appalachian Pioneer Homestead indicates the dedication and desire of its originator to preserve for future generations the valued, cherished, wholesome traditions of a disappearing way of life.
Brush Arbor, with its authentic antique log structures was conceived by Jerry Hayes, a descendent of frontiersman Simon Kenton, first pioneer of Northern Kentucky. Also an eighth generation Irish descendant of Patrick and Amelia Hayes who arrived in this country and settled in what is now Jackson County during the 1770's, via the "Old Wilderness Road".
Jerry finds pride and satisfaction in honoring the memories of the pioneers who settled Kentucky and surrounding regions. These pioneers endured many hardships, inconveniences and dangers in merely surviving.
Brush Arbor would not have been possible without the generous advice and counsel of Bob Leytze, fondly called "the architect of Brush Arbor". It is interesting to note that Bob Leytze, is married to the former Mabel Montgomery, the great grand-daughter of John L. Montgomery and Sarah Raines; Sarah being a direct descendent of Mark Kenton, Simon Kenton's father.
Original restoration artists Johnny Jett and Sherman Thompson relocated the log structures and "rough stacked" them. Nelson Hamilton, of Woodford County, KY and Jack Thompson, of Speedwell, TN, have carried the torch of authentic restoration and finishing details of the antique buildings.