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Cleaning the Circles on the Roan

Cleaning the Circles on the Roan

Area residents were once responsible for clearing the "circles" on Roan Mountain. In this picture, from the late 1940's, is from left to right, Charlie Renfro, Fred Fullbright, Dallas Renfro, Bill Renfro, Rob Frye, Rex Wilson, Ed Davis, Paul Renfro, Cephas Renfro, Ike...

1929 Spruce Pine Boy Scouts Go To Washington

1929 Spruce Pine Boy Scouts Go To Washington

The Spruce Pine Boy Scouts of America Troop No. 1 traveled to Washington, D.C. August 8, 1929, posing for this photo. Front row (L-R): William Zeb Buchanan, Jr., Brown Hughes Burleson, James Phillip Young, John Dallas Swann, Albert Lee Canipe, James Carter Phillips,...

Wolves at the Door

Wolves at the Door

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. This is a story about something which took...

The Glenn Family of Chestnut Mountain

The Glenn Family of Chestnut Mountain

The David M. Glenn family settled in the Chestnut Mountain section of what is now called Little Switzerland in the 1860s. Glenn ran a store, grist mill, and sawmill, owned the Glenn Mines, and the voting precinct was named for him. Pictured (Front L-R): Will, David...

Stewart Family Reunion 1929

Stewart Family Reunion 1929

The Stewart Family Reunion was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Doss Buchanan on Stewart Hollow Road, between Penland and Bear Creek, in Mitchell County. October 1929. First Row: L-R, Will Greene, Fred Hollifield, Robert Hollifield, Lois English, Nell Stewart, Boa...

Spruce Pine was once Hockey Town, USA

Spruce Pine was once Hockey Town, USA

Spruce Pine became the smallest town to host a professional hockey team when the Pinebridge Bucks competed in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League from 1983 to 1985, compiling a 25-47-0 record (5th place) in 1983-84 and a 33-25-6 record (3rd place) in 1984-85. The most...

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...

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