Possum Trot was in the Wilson family since the Civil War. Jess inherited the land and moved his maternal grandmother's log cabin from Laurel County onto Possum Trot for a future retirement home. In time, they added on to the cabin and moved into it permanently. With family and friends, they created the main camp complex at the Wig Wam and other buildings, where they built a welcome environment for others to come and enjoy this beautiful land of the Appalachians. Jess worked with the electric company and is a local author, while Ruth taught school and raised their three daughters. Their family endures in the love and devotion to detail in: the cabin where signatures of all who visited are still visible in the kitchen, the Battle Abbey where Jess wrote his books and studied numerous subjects, and the Wig Wam, which was built for the wedding of their eldest daughter Gail, and that others have also been married in. Family and friends of the Wilson's still come to enjoy the fruits of their labors. Our family will continue the Wilson's tradition of welcoming others to enjoy Possum Trot while adding new attractions for others to enjoy.