Agriculture continues to define the rural landscape, despite the uncertainties of a global food economy and development pressures from nearby cities. Photo by Howard Sacks

Square dance music has been a continuous part of Knox County’s folk culture for two centuries. Courtesy Nan Black

Pitkins Market in downtown Mount Vernon was part of a thriving commercial center in the 1950s. Courtesy Janis Johnson, The Artist’s Eye

Amish families often create cottage industries in an effort to work together within their community. Photo by Howard Sacks

Many Knox County farms pass from generation to generation within a single family, providing a source of continuity in rural life. Photo by Rachel Balkcom

The Kokosing River contributes to the scenic beauty that is greatly valued by local residents and visitors alike. Photo by Madeleine Manly