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. Make sure you stop by our online store for a selection of books and Christmas ornaments about Mitchell County and the region.


Music of the Toe River Valley Coming August 21

Photo of the Toe River Valley Boys aboard the famous Clinchfield Number 1 Engine

The Toe River Valley Boys pose with the famous Clinchfield No. 1 Engine

Monday, August 21 • 7:00 p.m.
Mitchell County Historic Courthouse • FREE Admission

Rhonda Gouge returns to present a program on the music of the Toe River Valley. From famous musicians like Del McCoury, Nathan Stuart, Clarence Greene, Sr., and Clarence Greene, Jr., and Fiddlin’ Steve Ledford to local legends like Red Wilson, Mitchell County’s musical history is rich and Rhonda Gouge has played a big part in preserving and promoting the songs and performers who have made it special.

She will discuss several musicians and play samples of their work as part of the presentation, plus she will answer questions and share stories with the audience. Come ready to tap your toes and enjoy good old-time music!

Rhonda Gouge has been playing and performing in the region since the 1970s, She is a Mitchell County native and has been performing gospel and bluegrass favorites along with teaching musicians. She presented a program on church music for MCHS in 2016


The 2017 Apple Butter Festival returns to Bakersville October 21 from 10 AM to 4 PM

It’s almost apple butter-making time!

The Mitchell County Historical Society’s annual Apple Butter Festival returns October 21 to the Bakersville Creekwalk. We invite you to learn more about the festival and consider operating a vendor’s booth at the event.


Photo of Samantha Fortner and Inez McRae2017 McRae Scholarship Winner Announced

Mitchell County Historical Society is excited to announce that Samantha Fortner is the recipient of its First Annual Inez McRae Scholarship. Samantha, the daughter of Larry Scott Fortner of Bakersville and Sheila Howe Fortner of Hendersonville, NC, graduated from Mitchell High School in 2017 at the top of her class. Superlative academics were not Samantha’s only achievement; she participated in student government, several sports, and extracurricular activities, as well as working and volunteering in the community. She plans to attend Wake Forest University and hopes to be an elementary teacher.

READ MORE >>>


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!


image of the front page of the MCHS 2nd quarter newsletter for 2017Newsletter

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 for topics we should cover.

Places

Locations with interesting stories

Loafers Glory

Loafers Glory

This old postcard shows Loafers Glory, a community with one of the more evocative place names in Mitchell County.   It’s located at the intersection of Highways 226 and 226A, near the confluence of Cane Creek and Toe River. Close by is the distinctive old Master’s...

read more
The Early Days of Art in our Mountain Community

The Early Days of Art in our Mountain Community

  Our ancestors here wove flax and wool to make their clothing and coverlets; they used bellows and fire to weld a fire box, make shoes for their horses and mules. They shaped and fired clay pots to store drink and food. There were those who painted portraits of...

read more

People

Significant people in Mitchell County

Stacy Buchanan Grist Mill

Stacy Buchanan Grist Mill

Joseph Stacy Buchanan (1866-1950) ground wheat and corn for many around Mitchell County.  He caught his right arm in a belt and had to have it amputated above the elbow.  He continued to work at the mill even after he lost his arm.  Stacy Buchanan was the son of...

read more
The Early Days of Art in our Mountain Community

The Early Days of Art in our Mountain Community

  Our ancestors here wove flax and wool to make their clothing and coverlets; they used bellows and fire to weld a fire box, make shoes for their horses and mules. They shaped and fired clay pots to store drink and food. There were those who painted portraits of...

read more

History

Happenings of note

A Monumental July 4th at Gillespie Gap

A Monumental July 4th at Gillespie Gap

A monument was erected at Gillespie Gap, near Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland to honor the Over Mountain Men who marched through the gap on the way to Kings Mountain in 1780, to Francis Marion and his battle with the Cherokee Indians, and to the 30th Division who...

read more
Decoration Day in the Mountains

Decoration Day in the Mountains

  While most of America honors their dead on Memorial Day with flowers, wreaths, and special services, there is a distinctive tradition that has endured for generations in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Beginning in June of every year and lasting through October,...

read more

Icons

These define Mitchell County

The Glen Ayre Rambler – Wayne Ledford

The Glen Ayre Rambler – Wayne Ledford

This article courtesy of Blue Ridge Natural Heritage Area  www.blueridgeheritage.com/traditional-artist-directory/wayne-ledford Wayne Ledford was born into a musical family in the Little Rock Creek community of Mitchell County, and he has been playing for more than 75...

read more
Oscar “Red” Wilson – A Mitchell County Treasure

Oscar “Red” Wilson – A Mitchell County Treasure

Article From The North Carolina Arts Council - NC Department of Cultural Resources Oscar "Red" Wilson - A MITCHELL COUNTY TREASURE Growing up in Avery County before World War II, Red Wilson learned fiddle and banjo tunes that have their origins in the pioneer musical...

read more

Economics

Making a living in Mitchell County

SUMMERTIME!

SUMMERTIME!

These days our summer recreation and relaxation might involve kayaking or canoeing on the river or cooking hamburgers and hotdogs on a gas grill.  However, the 2 photos from the 1950s in this week’s Looking Back show that Mitchell County residents have long enjoyed...

read more
Stacy Buchanan Grist Mill

Stacy Buchanan Grist Mill

Joseph Stacy Buchanan (1866-1950) ground wheat and corn for many around Mitchell County.  He caught his right arm in a belt and had to have it amputated above the elbow.  He continued to work at the mill even after he lost his arm.  Stacy Buchanan was the son of...

read more

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.

August 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
July 31, 2017 August 1, 2017 August 2, 2017 August 3, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5, 2017 August 6, 2017
August 7, 2017 August 8, 2017 August 9, 2017 August 10, 2017 August 11, 2017 August 12, 2017 August 13, 2017
August 14, 2017 August 15, 2017 August 16, 2017 August 17, 2017 August 18, 2017 August 19, 2017 August 20, 2017
August 21, 2017

Category: General7:00 pm: MCHS Program

7:00 pm: MCHS Program
August 22, 2017 August 23, 2017 August 24, 2017 August 25, 2017 August 26, 2017 August 27, 2017
August 28, 2017 August 29, 2017 August 30, 2017 August 31, 2017 September 1, 2017 September 2, 2017 September 3, 2017
Facebook Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com