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Crabtree Falls vs Murphy Falls vs Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls vs Murphy Falls vs Crabtree Falls

CRABTREE FALLS VS MURPHY FALLS VS CRABTREE FALLS Crabtree Falls, located at Milepost 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, cascades 70 feet over the Blue Ridge escarpment on its journey to the Toe River. A part of the original land grant to the Penland family by the King,...

Downtown Little Switzerland

Downtown Little Switzerland

This rare photo shows the entire complex of buildings that originally made up “downtown Little Switzerland”. Judge Heriot Clarkson of Charlotte came to the community in 1909 and would establish a resort community here in 1910, giving it the name Little Switzerland –...

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...

Granny Biddix and her Bible

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. We don’t know her first name, but her face tells the stories of a long life in the mountains of Mitchell County. Noted Mitchell County photographer Jim Jones took this picture, probably in the 1930’s. The information on...

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...

An Abandoned House

An Abandoned House

An Abandoned House by Pat Turner Mitchell It makes me sad to see this picture. Once a home, an abandoned house becomes an empty shell when there is no one alive who made memories here. But they are here – the memories. William Buchanan was 56 and Nancy was 53 when...

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...

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...

An Abandoned House

An Abandoned House

An Abandoned House by Pat Turner Mitchell It makes me sad to see this picture. Once a home, an abandoned house becomes an empty shell when there is no one alive who made memories here. But they are here – the memories. William Buchanan was 56 and Nancy was 53 when...

Crabtree Falls vs Murphy Falls vs Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls vs Murphy Falls vs Crabtree Falls

CRABTREE FALLS VS MURPHY FALLS VS CRABTREE FALLS Crabtree Falls, located at Milepost 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, cascades 70 feet over the Blue Ridge escarpment on its journey to the Toe River. A part of the original land grant to the Penland family by the King,...

Chestnut Flats Mine

Chestnut Flats Mine

Initial mining in Mitchell County, in the 1880s, was for mica, dug in a few large operations but also in small family mines which brought in extra money when men were not busy farming.  By the 20th century, however, the county was found to be rich in other minerals,...

Blacksmith Wilson Smith Jones

Blacksmith Wilson Smith Jones

Blacksmiths were once an essential element in any community, manufacturing and repairing items which couldn’t be purchased – or if they could be, were too difficult or expensive to bring into the mountains.  These skilled tradesmen produced axe heads, plowshares, pots...

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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