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Summer Camps in Little Switzerland

Summer Camps in Little Switzerland

Shortly after Judge Heriot Clarkson established the resort community of Little Switzerland in 1910, others came with their vision of establishing summer camps in the beautiful mountain community. In 1914, a Charleston, SC resident, Miss Marie Gaillard Dwight, started...

The Greenlees of Grassy Creek

The Greenlees of Grassy Creek

The Greenlee Family were of the first settlers in the Toe River Valley. Records show that the Greenlees came to what is now Mitchell County in the late 1700’s. One of the descendants of the original Greenlee settlers was George Greenlee, (son of Samuel Mitchell and...

Joseph Ellis, Father of 17

Joseph Ellis, Father of 17

Born in 1828 in what would become Mitchell County, Joseph Ellis was the son of William Ellis (ca 1797-1854) and Elizabeth Buchanan (ca 1800-ca 1880).   In 1847 Joseph married 16-year old Catherine “Katie” Buchanan.  Between 1849 and 1874 this prolific couple had 17...

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...

CSA Pensioner Jacob M. Ayers

CSA Pensioner Jacob M. Ayers

A 1901 state law passed for “the relief of certain Confederate soldiers and widows” provided pensions to NC residents incapacitated for manual labor who had been “a soldier or sailor in the service of the State of North Carolina or of the Confederate States of America...

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