Image of the Scan Days PosterWelcome!

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.

 

We Want To Scan Your Photos and Answer Your Genealogy Questions

On February 4 at our offices in the Mitchell County Historic Courthouse in Bakersville and on February 18 at the Spruce Pine Main Street offices on Lower Street, the Mitchell County Historical Society will be holding Scan Days. Get more information here.

1st Annual MCHS History Bee

MCHS is pleased to announce its first annual HISTORY BEE for young students of Mitchell County history, scheduled for Thursday, April 6, 2017, in the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse.   Winnes will be awarded cash prizes of $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place, so start studying now!

There will be two categories of competition: students under 15 and students 15-18.  All questions will be based on Elizabeth Hunter’s Voices of the Valley, published in 2011 on the 150th anniversary of the formation of Mitchell County.  This volume is available in sschool and public libraries, or for purchase at the MCHS office in Bakersville, or through our online store.

There is no fee to enter the competition, but students should register by March 31, 2017.  Registration Form.

For more information, contact our office or ask your history teacher!  And study up for pride and prizes!

  

High School Seniors Apply Now for Mitchell County Historical Society Scholarship

The Mitchell County Historical Society Scholarship is awarded annually to a Mitchell County high school senior in the amount of $500. 

The applicant must be a high school senior who has demonstrated an interest in Appalachian studies, including, but not necessarily limited to Appalachian history, music, art, folk culture and economic or community development.  The applicant must demonstrate a desire to pursue this study at a higher educational level and express a desire to eventually live and work within Appalachia.  The scholarship is intended as a grant-in-aid to be used for educational expenses such as tuition, books and equipment related to the course of study. 

The application will require personal information regarding the applicant, including parents’ names and addresses, grade point average, information regarding any arrest history, future educational plans, and at least three references (two non-educational), and information regarding family income. 

An essay will be required in which the applicant will detail the area of Appalachian studies in which he or she has been involved, explain his or her educational intentions and discuss his or her plans for a future career.  The applications must be completed by April 15, 2017.  

All applications will be referred to the Mitchell Historical Society Scholarship Committee who will review the applications, evaluate the applicants, and select three finalists by April 30,2017.  The applicant’s financial need may be a consideration in determining the finalists and/or the eventual winner. 

Upon receipt of the names of the finalists and their original applications, the Mitchell County Historical Society Board of Directors will conduct personal interviews with the applicants. The winner will be notified and the scholarship will be presented by May 11, 2017.

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

Hollow Poplar Creek

Hollow Poplar Creek

  Hollow Poplar Creek was the original name of this community near where the Toe River becomes the Nolichucky as it flows into the Nolichucky Gorge and Tennessee. It was named for an enormous poplar tree that once stood there. This hollowed tree supposedly served...

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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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People

Notorious people in Mitchell County

Cleaning the Circles on the Roan

Cleaning the Circles on the Roan

Area residents were once responsible for clearing the "circles" on Roan Mountain. In this picture, from the late 1940's, is from left to right, Charlie Renfro, Fred Fullbright, Dallas Renfro, Bill Renfro, Rob Frye, Rex Wilson, Ed Davis, Paul Renfro, Cephas Renfro, Ike...

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1929 Spruce Pine Boy Scouts Go To Washington

1929 Spruce Pine Boy Scouts Go To Washington

The Spruce Pine Boy Scouts of America Troop No. 1 traveled to Washington, D.C. August 8, 1929, posing for this photo. Front row (L-R): William Zeb Buchanan, Jr., Brown Hughes Burleson, James Phillip Young, John Dallas Swann, Albert Lee Canipe, James Carter Phillips,...

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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

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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Grazing Sheep in Mitchell County

Grazing Sheep in Mitchell County

Raising sheep has always been difficult in the mountains due to predation by wolves, to begin, and later on, dogs and coyotes.  Through the years some Mitchell County landowners have attempted to bring sheep back to Mitchell County with electric fencing and the...

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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.

February 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017 February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Scan Day in Bakersville

10:00 am: Scan Day in Bakersville
February 5, 2017
February 6, 2017 February 7, 2017 February 8, 2017 February 9, 2017 February 10, 2017 February 11, 2017 February 12, 2017
February 13, 2017 February 14, 2017 February 15, 2017 February 16, 2017 February 17, 2017 February 18, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Scan Day In Spruce Pine

10:00 am: Scan Day In Spruce Pine
February 19, 2017
February 20, 2017 February 21, 2017 February 22, 2017 February 23, 2017 February 24, 2017 February 25, 2017 February 26, 2017
February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017 March 4, 2017 March 5, 2017

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