About Mitchell County

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...

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...

Summer Camps in Little Switzerland

Summer Camps in Little Switzerland

Shortly after Judge Heriot Clarkson established the resort community of Little Switzerland in 1910, others came with their vision of establishing summer camps in the beautiful mountain community. In 1914, a Charleston, SC resident, Miss Marie Gaillard Dwight, started...

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,...

Four Stages of a Bakersville Home

Four Stages of a Bakersville Home

Before 1920, Joseph B. Graigmiles built a house on the corner of 226 and 221 in Bakersville, just up the road from his print shop where he published a weekly newspaper, The Mitchell County Banner. He and his wife Sally Greene Craigmiles, known to local friends as...

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...

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...

ROBY BUCHANAN, TIFFANY OF THE HILLS

ROBY BUCHANAN, TIFFANY OF THE HILLS

Late summer brings the annual gem festivals, so we look back at a Mitchell County gemologist who was one of the Mineral and Gen Festival’s early participants.  Roby Milton Buchanan (1903-1974) has been judged the greatest jewel craftsman of the Blue Ridge Mountains,...

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,...

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...

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,...

The Bloody 1893 Riot in Bakersville – Well, Maybe NOT!

Not many people today talk about the terrible January 3, 1893 riot that took so many lives in Bakersville. Maybe not many know about it and those that do just want to forget that awful time. Perhaps their relatives were among the mob of over 500 angry men bent on...

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,...

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...

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...

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