Kudzu was introduced to our country in the very late 1800's. It was common in eastern Asia, primarily Japan. It was first envisioned as excellent ground coverage and a good source of forage for grazing animals, some was even considered for commercial cattle feeding ventures. None of that stuff panned out. We were left to deal with the most invasive plant on the planet. I mean this stuff can grow at a rate of 1 foot a day and it knows no boundaries.
The poor folks who lived in this enclave probably went to sleep and, during the night, the mighty kudzu made its move. If they we fortunate, they were able to make it down the mountain to stay with friends....who only had to deal with rabid squirrels and poison-spitting turkeys. Man, mountain life is not for the timid.