History

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...

Spruce Pine was Hockey Town, USA

Spruce Pine was Hockey Town, USA

In 1982, Robert Bailey and Alvin Barrier, owners of the Buck Stove Corporation, embarked on a bold plan to redevelop the old Harris School property as an entertainment, shopping, dining, and lodging complex. They decided that the bridge between downtown Spruce Pine...

A Local Author Writes About The Civil War

The following series of stories were written and submitted by local author Pat Turner Mitchell. They were originally published in the Mitchell News Journal on the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War - 2011. OFF TO WAR Most of us have heard of an ancestor who fought in...

The English Inn – Spruce Pine’s Foundation

The English Inn – Spruce Pine’s Foundation

No one knows for sure when the original part of the English Inn was built, but we do know that it has set, for at least two centuries, as the anchor of our community. The Inn was originally built by the Rowe family, at the busy crossing point of the Marion to...

The Revolutionary War Marches Through Mitchell County

The Revolutionary War Marches Through Mitchell County

In September and October of 1780, Overmountain Patriots made their way through the Toe River Valley to quash a threat from British Major Patrick Ferguson. Hundreds of families had settled “over the mountains” in what is now Western North Carolina, East Tennessee, and...

Hurricanes in the Mountains

Hurricanes in the Mountains

September 2004 was a memorable time as, like in 1916, two major hurricanes struck the Toe River Valley in a short time. Hurricane Frances was first, dumping copious amounts of rainfall and sending streams out of their banks. A short time later, Hurricane Ivan...

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, mountain...

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...

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