The History & Heritage of Mitchell County, NC

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.


Holiday Gifts in Our Online Store

Photo of the Spruce Pine Christmas Depot ornament, which is gold in colorLooking for a gift for that special someone? The MCHS Online Store has ideas for you! Our Christmas Ornaments collection features scenes of Mitchell County, including the McBee Building and Dellinger Grist Mill in Bakersville, the Penland Post Office, the Kona Baptist Church (where Charlie Silver of the famous Frankie and Charlie story is buried), and the English Inn and the Railroad Depot in Spruce Pine.

We also have a great selection of books, including Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series covering our region, census records, and the coffee table book Voices of the Valley, celebrating Mitchell County’s Sesquicentennial.

Your purchases through our store help fund MCHS programs and services dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of Mitchell County. We ship products nationwide and you can buy and pay online using PayPal.

Stop in and visit our online store today!


Image of the front page of the 3rd quarter 2017 MCHS NesletterNewsletter

Want to learn more about what is taking place with the Historical Society? We release a quarterly newsletter with information on programs, events, updates on projects, and much, much more. MCHS members receive the newsletter as part of their membership early each quarter.

Take a look at our current newsletter (PDF file – opens with the free Adobe Reader software).

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 to us!

Places

Locations with interesting stories

The First Volunteer Fire Department in Bakersville

The First Volunteer Fire Department in Bakersville

This Volunteer Fire Department, the first in Bakersville, NC, was originally known as the Mars Volunteer Fire Department, as noted on the truck’s hood (MVFD). O.D. Calhoun, operator of the Mars Theater in Bakersville was instrumental in helping the group raise the...

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Altapass to become Mitchell County’s largest town!?

Altapass to become Mitchell County’s largest town!?

  When the Clinchfield Railroad made its way through the Roses Creek Community in the early 1900’s, the Holston Land Corporation erected a grand hotel along the railroad in 1915. They gave it the name Altapass – “Alta” (meaning a high-elevation of 2,623 feet) and...

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People

Significant people in Mitchell County

Sergeant Simon Harrell and General John Hunt Morgan

Sergeant Simon Harrell and General John Hunt Morgan

In the Tipton Hill Community Cemetery rests a Union soldier whose company helped kill “the best man in the Southern Confederacy,” General John Hunt Morgan. The phrase comes from one of Morgan’s Captains, Henry B. Clay, who was present at the killing and is quoted in...

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Veterans of the Great War

Veterans of the Great War

The Great War, which was referred to as World War I only after the Second World War, ended on November 11, 1918, when an armistice was arranged at the Western Front in France.   The cessation of hostilities between the Allied Forces and Germany took effect at 11:00 AM...

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History

Happenings of note

Veterans of the Great War

Veterans of the Great War

The Great War, which was referred to as World War I only after the Second World War, ended on November 11, 1918, when an armistice was arranged at the Western Front in France.   The cessation of hostilities between the Allied Forces and Germany took effect at 11:00 AM...

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Altapass to become Mitchell County’s largest town!?

Altapass to become Mitchell County’s largest town!?

  When the Clinchfield Railroad made its way through the Roses Creek Community in the early 1900’s, the Holston Land Corporation erected a grand hotel along the railroad in 1915. They gave it the name Altapass – “Alta” (meaning a high-elevation of 2,623 feet) and...

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Icons

These define Mitchell County

The Evolution of Bakersville’s Blevins Building

The modest, but well-constructed building known by various names, beginning with “the Blevins Building,” has served the Town of Bakersville and its people for decades.  The name by which locals often call the structure comes from original owner Ed Blevins, who grew up...

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Buster Brown Comes To Town!

Buster Brown Comes To Town!

Turning out when a celebrity visits town has always been commonplace, and when Buster Brown and his dog Tige stopped by the new Spruce Pine Store building in the 1920s, the whole town turned out to say hello. “I’m Buster Brown, and I live in a shoe. That’s my dog,...

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Economics

Making a living in Mitchell County

The First Volunteer Fire Department in Bakersville

The First Volunteer Fire Department in Bakersville

This Volunteer Fire Department, the first in Bakersville, NC, was originally known as the Mars Volunteer Fire Department, as noted on the truck’s hood (MVFD). O.D. Calhoun, operator of the Mars Theater in Bakersville was instrumental in helping the group raise the...

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Spruce Pine was Hockey Town, USA

Spruce Pine was Hockey Town, USA

In 1982, Robert Bailey and Alvin Barrier, owners of the Buck Stove Corporation, embarked on a bold plan to redevelop the old Harris School property as an entertainment, shopping, dining, and lodging complex. They decided that the bridge between downtown Spruce Pine...

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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.

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