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.


Scan Days in Bakersville, Spruce Pine & Huntdale

Photo of the 2018 Scan Day Poster. Scan Days are February 3 in Bakersville, February 17 in Spruce Pine and March 3 in Huntdale, NC

The Mitchell County Historical Society is sponsoring our annual Scan Days Saturday, February 3 in Bakersville , Saturday, February 17 in Spruce Pine, and Saturday, March 17 in Huntdale, NC. This is your chance to share your photos and documents! We scan them while you wait and add them to our ever-growing collection of images and documents about Mitchell County.

You can learn more about scan days on our Scan Day page. We hope to see you during Scan Days 2018!


The Mitchell County History Bee LogoHistory Bee is Coming March 22!

The Second Annual Mitchell County History Bee is just around the corner! The Bee takes place Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the courtroom of the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse in Bakersville. There will be two levels of competition: 6th to 8th grade and 9th to 12th grade, and winners will be awarded money! The Bee is open to any student in Mitchell County Schools, Mayland Early College, local church schools, and homeschools.

Learn more at our History Bee page.


Inez McRae Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

The Mitchell County Historical Society is once again awarding the Inez McRae Scholarship to a Mitchell County senior who will be attending college this fall. Get more information about scholarship requirements, including a application here.


Image of the front page of the 2018 First Quarter MCHS NewsletterNewsletter

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

Davis to Bakersville: 150th Anniversary of Name Change

Davis to Bakersville: 150th Anniversary of Name Change

On the 16th of February 1861, the North Carolina Legislature ratified a bill to establish a new county by the name of Mitchell. The act goes on to specify that “a permanent seat of justice” be determined, which “said town shall be called and known by the name of...

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Penland Post Office and General Store

Penland Post Office and General Store

The building which houses the Penland Post Office and, for many years, a general mercantile, was constructed in 1902 by Isaac Bailey, a Confederate Colonel and later NC Senator from Mitchell County.  Two years later, Bailey and his wife, Louisa Penland, donated land...

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People

Significant people in Mitchell County

THREE YOUNG BROTHERS

THREE YOUNG BROTHERS

This photo was likely made in the early years of the 20th century when Thomas Baker Young (photo center) came up from his home on Toms Creek in McDowell County to visit his brothers in Mitchell County.  Mack Young (photo left) lived on Cane Creek; Reuben J. Young...

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A Gouge Clan of Glen Ayre

A Gouge Clan of Glen Ayre

Sometime in the 1930s, William H. and Louisa Emma Gouge, of Glen Ayre, were photographed surrounded by their 9 sons and 1 daughter.  William Gouge (1860-1938) was the son of Wiley and Millie Greene Gouge; his wife Louisa Emma Hughes (1865-1952), was the daughter of...

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History

Happenings of note

Grassy Creek Golf Course has Storied Past

Grassy Creek Golf Course has Storied Past

The Spruce Pine Golf Course had its beginnings prior to World War II, when a nine-hole-course was built on what was then part of the S.T. Henry Dairy Farm at Grassy Creek. This land was once used as a hunting ground by both the Cherokee and Catawba Indians before the...

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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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Icons

These define Mitchell County

The Historic Mitchell County Courthouse

The Historic Mitchell County Courthouse

The first Mitchell County Courthouse, built in 1869, served the county well until 1907 with the grand opening of the new Courthouse which was built on the site of the first courthouse.  More than just a courtroom where justice was served, the building was a gateway to...

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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...

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Economics

Making a living in Mitchell County

Penland Post Office and General Store

Penland Post Office and General Store

The building which houses the Penland Post Office and, for many years, a general mercantile, was constructed in 1902 by Isaac Bailey, a Confederate Colonel and later NC Senator from Mitchell County.  Two years later, Bailey and his wife, Louisa Penland, donated land...

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Peterson Store in Huntdale

Peterson Store in Huntdale

The tiny town of Huntdale, NC, became a thriving community after the Clinchfield Railroad made its way through the Nolichucky Gorge in the early 1900s. In 1890, the Clinchfield tracks reached Erwin, TN, which was less than 20 miles away from Huntdale.  Many Western...

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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.

February 2018
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January 29, 2018 January 30, 2018 January 31, 2018 February 1, 2018 February 2, 2018 February 3, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Scan Day - Historic Courthouse

10:00 am: Scan Day - Historic Courthouse
February 4, 2018
February 5, 2018 February 6, 2018 February 7, 2018 February 8, 2018 February 9, 2018 February 10, 2018 February 11, 2018
February 12, 2018 February 13, 2018 February 14, 2018 February 15, 2018 February 16, 2018 February 17, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Scan Day - Spruce Pine Main Street

10:00 am: Scan Day - Spruce Pine Main Street
February 18, 2018
February 19, 2018 February 20, 2018 February 21, 2018 February 22, 2018 February 23, 2018 February 24, 2018 February 25, 2018
February 26, 2018 February 27, 2018 February 28, 2018 March 1, 2018 March 2, 2018 March 3, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Scan Day - Peterson Store Huntdale

10:00 am: Scan Day - Peterson Store Huntdale
March 4, 2018
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