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The Mitchell County Historical Society is committed to the preservation of the history, heritage, and culture of Mitchell County, North Carolina. We hope you enjoy your visit and stop by often for updated stories, photos, and videos. Make sure you stop by our online store for a selection of books and Christmas ornaments about Mitchell County and the region.

The 2017 Christmas Ornament – The Spruce Pine Depot

Photo of the Spruce Pine Christmas Depot ornament, which is gold in colorThe Mitchell County Historical Society is pleased to announce our 2017 Christmas Ornament, the sixth in our series, is in stock and available for sale. This year, we honor the Spruce Pine Depot, constructed in 1923 on Lower Street. The Depot represents the opening of the first major transportation route for the Toe River Valley when the South & Western Railroad, later known as the Clinchfield Railroad, moved through the county and down the Blue Ridge at Altapass to connect with the Southern Railway in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The railroad are when roads were few and of poor quality, and it provided a way for goods and people to move and an out of the region.

The ornament is available for immediate sale in our online store. Place your orders today!

2017 Program Schedule Released

Graphic with a Native American, backwoodsman, European explorer, and Spanish Conquistador pointing into an outline of Mitchell CountyThe MCHS is pleased to announce a memorable collection of public programs for 2017. The season kicks off April 17 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Daniel Barron presenting Mitchell County: Early Crossroads of Cultures. We will be posting additional information about the series shortly, so please check back for more information about our events.

We invite you to learn more about the programs. All programs are free and open to the public.

MCHS Scholarship Information

The Society is currently accepting applications for our scholarship which will be awarded in May. For information on requirements and access to an application, please visit our Scholarship page.

Bee Cartoon saying I Love Mitchell County History!History Bee Set for April 6

Attention students…demonstrate your knowledge of Mitchell County and win cash prizes at the first Mitchell County History Bee on April 6. Learn more about the Bee, sign up, and we’ll see you in April!

What’s New on the Site

Here are our latest posts about Mitchell County’s history. We welcome suggestions for topics to add. Please use our contact page to submit your ideas for topics we should cover.

Places

Locations with interesting stories

Glen Ayre

Glen Ayre

Located at the base of  Roan Mountain, Glen Ayre was originally called Brighton. When the post office there closed in 1916, the community was renamed Glen Ayre for the Ayers family, many of whom still live there today.  

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John and Jonathon and the almost State of Franklin

John and Jonathon and the almost State of Franklin

The western Mitchell County community of Tipton Hill was named for Major Jonathon Tipton III. Major Jonathon became embroiled in a 1784 dispute over the new state of Franklin.  The dispute was actually between him and his older brother Colonel John Tipton and Colonel...

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People

Notorious people in Mitchell County

Keepers of the Bees

Keepers of the Bees

Settlers in Appalachia had several types of sweetnin’ – sugar from maple or other trees, syrup from sorghum, etc., and honey from the bees brought from Europe to America in the 1600s. Many mountain families first kept bees in hollowed-out black gum trees and later in...

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Sam Cresawn – The Snake Man of Turkey Cove

Sam Cresawn – The Snake Man of Turkey Cove

Just "off the mountain" below Little Switzerland, in Turkey Cove, lived "the snake man" - Sam Cresawn. In the early part of the twentieth century, Mr. Cresawn concocted and sold a cure-all for tuberculosis made of rattlesnakes that he caught and cut up, mixing the...

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History

Happenings of note

Save Our Mitchell County Heritage

Save Our Mitchell County Heritage

The Mitchell County Historical Society (MCHS) is dedicated to collecting, preserving, protecting and publicly displaying materials that are historically significant for the county. To do this, we need your help, and we have scheduled 2 days in February where you can...

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Born In A Hollow Tree

In the 1930's Mrs. Amelia Meares Greenlee asked the students in her classroom to collect stories that told of the "pioneer days" in our community - (Spruce Pine and Grassy Creek.) This is one of the stories which was shared. Born In A Hollow Tree About one hundred and...

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Icons

These define Mitchell County

CRANKING A MODEL T FORD

CRANKING A MODEL T FORD

Ford Motor Company produced 15 million Model T automobiles from October 1, 1908 through May 26, 1927.  They were sometimes referred to as “Tin Lizzies” or a “flivvers.”  Ford Model T’s relied on a removable hand crank in the front of the vehicle until 1920, when the...

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Belk-Broome Store in Spruce Pine

Belk-Broome Store in Spruce Pine

The Belk store was a large part of the Spruce Pine community for nearly 75 years. Initially opening in 1928 in a building next to today’s Dellinger’s Christian Book Store, it was operated like many other Belk enterprises: the Charlotte-based company joined with...

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Economics

Making a living in Mitchell County

Keepers of the Bees

Keepers of the Bees

Settlers in Appalachia had several types of sweetnin’ – sugar from maple or other trees, syrup from sorghum, etc., and honey from the bees brought from Europe to America in the 1600s. Many mountain families first kept bees in hollowed-out black gum trees and later in...

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Red Hill

Red Hill

The Mitchell County community of Red Hill earned its name when a family over-farmed one of it’s hillsides. When heavy rains came, washing all of the topsoil away, all that was left was a “red hill”.    ...

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Winter in Mitchell County

Enjoy some beautiful views of the cold season in Mitchell County.

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events from the Mitchell County Historical Society. Click or tap on a date that is highlighted for information on what’s happening.

March 2017
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February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017 March 4, 2017 March 5, 2017
March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017 March 12, 2017
March 13, 2017 March 14, 2017 March 15, 2017 March 16, 2017 March 17, 2017 March 18, 2017 March 19, 2017
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017 March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017
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Category: GeneralN/A: History Bee Registration Deadline

N/A: History Bee Registration Deadline
April 1, 2017 April 2, 2017
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