The Pine Knob Outdoor theatre, which I am currently involved in, was built in 1987. It is a 500 seat amphitheater, which is now the heart of the community that describes many stories about Pine Knob.
This community was once the home of Dock Brown in 1842. The theatre is in its 16th season and is showing 4 different shows. "Dock Brown-Legend of an Outlaw" and "Down in Hoodoo Holler" shows during June and July on Friday and Saturday nights. "Daddy Took the T-Bird Away" and "Lucy and Ruth's Diner-LARD" shows during August and September. I have been acting in this theatre for about 7 years now and I can truly say it is a great experience.
Honus Shain is the playwright, the manager/producer of the Pine Knob Theatre, and the guy responsible for designing the theatre in 1987. Honus, also known as Junior, was born and raised in the rural community of Pine Knob, KY. The happy memories of his childhood in the community have led to the four plays being performed each summer.
Shain now lives on the farm once owned by the outlaw and the theatre is a part of the farm. He spends much of his time restoring Pine Knob buildings and grounds for visitors. Each summer numerous picnics, family reunions, weddings, and the annual Pine Knob Sorghum Festival are held on the grounds.
The 50s diner at Pine Knob opened in 1987 to accommodate travelers to the theatre. There is original 50s-60s jukeboxes and pinball machines and other 50s vintage items on display for your enjoyment.
Built in 1938, the Pine Knob Store is no longer open to the public. The owners, Larry and Jackie Shepherd decided to make the store their home.
The Pine Knob School was built in 1925 and has 4 classrooms, a partial basement to house the furnace, and a stage for performing still stands today. The last public school was held here in 1958. The school is not open to public today, but can be viewed from the outside. The building is original and is used for the Theatre storage.
I had the privilege of getting to interview, 85 year old, Ruby May Litsey, who has lived at Pine Knob for about 58 years. She went to school at Pine Knob School and grew up there. She also taught there for one year.
Pine Knob is a small, but lovely and prosperous community. Many communities in Grayson County aren't as lucky as Pine Knob, so I think we should all appreciate what Pine Knob can contribute to our county.