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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.

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
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March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017

Category: GeneralN/A: History Bee Registration Deadline

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