Baskets as Works of Art
Basket making has been a part of Hart County culture since the earliest days of settlement. Initially baskets were made for purely utilitarian purposes, for everything from egg baskets to cradles. When tourists began coming to the area to visit Mammoth and other caves, basket makers began selling their wares at roadside stands, creating a local cottage industry. Soon collectors noticed the superior quality and unique patterns of Hart County baskets, and the baskets are now prized as works of art.
Dr. James Middleton is one of the traditions’ most ardent supporters, sponsoring an annual basket competition at the Hart County Fair. The waiting rooms and hallways of his medical practice, Munfordville Family Care Center, house an impressive collection of Hart County baskets on exhibit for the enjoyment of patients and visitors.
Oral Histories about Foodways
1. Early Basket Traditions in Hart CountyTold by Mary Margaret Villines
2. Distinct Characteristics of a Hart County BasketTold by Mary Margaret Villines
3. Leonna Waddle - Master Basket MakerTold by Leonna Waddle
4. Family Care Center Basket CollectionTold by Dr. James Middleton