History

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...

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...

What Mitchell County looked like in 1904

What Mitchell County looked like in 1904

Mitchell County was created in 1861. The original boundary of Mitchell County ran from the top of Grandfather Mountain to Bearwallow Gap at Little Switzerland, then to Three Knobs at the Yancey/McDowell border, turning down Crabtree Creek and continuing on to the...

The Birth of a County Named Mitchell

The Birth of a County Named Mitchell

Courts of Pleas and Quarter Sessions were the governing authorities in North Carolina counties as early as 1670. ”Pleas” referred to common law, while “Sessions” had jurisdiction over criminal cases such as misdemeanors and lesser felonies. The County Court, as it was...

Ringing in the New Year with a Bang

Ringing in the New Year with a Bang

As the New Year dawned in 1960, businesses and residents in Spruce Pine were cleaning up the damage from a New Year’s celebration gone wrong. The details are taken from a story in the January 2, 1960 edition of The Asheville Citizen: At 10:30 on the evening of...

Spruce Pine’s Topliff Hotel

Spruce Pine’s Topliff Hotel

The Topliff Hotel was the center of Spruce Pine’s cultural life from 1901 to the late 1940’s. Serving businessmen, tourists, and other visitors, it was a popular destination. The older section of the hotel was one of the first structures built in the current business...

The Young Bakersville Politician

Jacob Weaver Bowman, a young politician who was elected to represent Yancey County, introduced the bill in the State House of Commons. Bowman was a lawyer who was born in the Relief community and campaigned for the State House on the promise of creating Mitchell...

Spruce Pine’s Bottleneck Bridge

As many will remember, the intersection of Greenwood Road and Summit Avenue could be quite the nightmare on any given evening carrying the traffic of US Highway 19-E and NC Highway 226. The infamous “bottleneck bridge” crossing the Toe River was built circa 1920. The...

The Marrying Tree

The Marrying Tree

The “Marrying Tree” stood for centuries at the entrance of the current Big Lynn Lodge in Little Switzerland. A linden or basswood tree, it was 75 feet tall, with a circumference of 13 feet. The tree was the scene of many nuptials, as it stood on the Mitchell/McDowell...

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