Pine Mountain Settlement School was founded in 1913 to serve as an educational and social center for the mountain communities of eastern Kentucky. It ran as boarding school for elementary and middle school aged children from 1913 until 1930 when it shifted focus to high school students. In the early 1970s, the school became a center for environmental education, Appalachian culture, and crafts.
Margaret Coolidge (1899-1979) was the daughter of a well-to-do Boston family who worked at the Pine Mountain Settlement School in the mid-1920s. Coolidge worked in the Scouting Office from 1921 to 1923 and as a Housemother in 1925. In addition to her office duties, Coolidge assisted in instructing in Girl Scouting, folk dancing, and office work. Coolidge was interested in English folk songs and dances and taught these traditions at the school. She married Robert Sturtevant (1892-1955) a noted landscape architect and horticulturalist.