About Mitchell County

Tipton Hill’s Old Country Store

Tipton Hill’s Old Country Store

In 1947, Frank Griffith (1922-2012) and Farrell Tipton (1909-1977) became partners in a general store at Tipton Hill.  Frank and Farrell were brothers-in-law; Farrell was married to Frank’s sister Blanche.  The two men purchased the store from Joseph Tipton, Frank’s...

Catching The Train

Catching The Train

Catching the Clinchfield as it wound its way northbound up the mountains, or southbound to the piedmont was an easy task when passenger service was common. The railroad, which ran from coalfields of Elkhorn City, Kentucky to the textile mills of upstate South...

Lunday

Lunday

Lunday is a community in west central Mitchell County on the Toe River. The elevation is 2,346 above sea level. Was a stop on the Clinchfield Railroad during passenger train days until the 1950s. Famous for it's "house on the rocks" and the swinging bridge. Origin of...

A Tribute to Mrs. Ruby Wiseman Deyton

A Tribute to Mrs. Ruby Wiseman Deyton

A great deal of gratitude is owed to the older generations of local residents who collected artifacts that would otherwise be long gone today. Having pictures of one’s family, significant buildings, or events in the community were and are still treasured possessions....

Sheriff George K Pritchard – A Colorful Character!

Sheriff George K Pritchard – A Colorful Character!

  Mitchell County has had 21 men serve as Sheriff. In 1861 the first was Jackson Stewart, the brother of Frankie Stewart Silver; since then many interesting stories have been told and many more are most likely out there to be collected. One of the most colorful...

Tipton Hill’s Old Country Store

Tipton Hill’s Old Country Store

In 1947, Frank Griffith (1922-2012) and Farrell Tipton (1909-1977) became partners in a general store at Tipton Hill.  Frank and Farrell were brothers-in-law; Farrell was married to Frank’s sister Blanche.  The two men purchased the store from Joseph Tipton, Frank’s...

“Doc” Hoppes – The Minstrel of Brushy Creek

“Doc” Hoppes – The Minstrel of Brushy Creek

Mitchell County was well represented at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1933. Miss Lucy Morgan of Penland unveiled the “Carolina Cabin” at the event that showcased the handicrafts, music, folklore, and people of the Southern Highlands. An unusual attraction was scheduled...

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...

Sheriff George K Pritchard – A Colorful Character!

Sheriff George K Pritchard – A Colorful Character!

  Mitchell County has had 21 men serve as Sheriff. In 1861 the first was Jackson Stewart, the brother of Frankie Stewart Silver; since then many interesting stories have been told and many more are most likely out there to be collected. One of the most colorful...

Catching The Train

Catching The Train

Catching the Clinchfield as it wound its way northbound up the mountains, or southbound to the piedmont was an easy task when passenger service was common. The railroad, which ran from coalfields of Elkhorn City, Kentucky to the textile mills of upstate South...

The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918

The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918

A lot of older folks recall their parents and grandparents telling stories about the deadly “grip” that many Mitchell County families suffered 100 years ago. “They said that some took sick and died in two or three days. It was pretty bad.” Little did they know that...

Catching The Train

Catching The Train

Catching the Clinchfield as it wound its way northbound up the mountains, or southbound to the piedmont was an easy task when passenger service was common. The railroad, which ran from coalfields of Elkhorn City, Kentucky to the textile mills of upstate South...

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