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Keepers of the Bees

Keepers of the Bees

Settlers in Appalachia had several types of sweetnin’ – sugar from maple or other trees, syrup from sorghum, etc., and honey from the bees brought from Europe to America in the 1600s. Many mountain families first kept bees in hollowed-out black gum trees and later in...

Sam Cresawn – The Snake Man of Turkey Cove

Sam Cresawn – The Snake Man of Turkey Cove

Just "off the mountain" below Little Switzerland, in Turkey Cove, lived "the snake man" - Sam Cresawn. In the early part of the twentieth century, Mr. Cresawn concocted and sold a cure-all for tuberculosis made of rattlesnakes that he caught and cut up, mixing the...

Glen Ayre

Glen Ayre

Located at the base of  Roan Mountain, Glen Ayre was originally called Brighton. When the post office there closed in 1916, the community was renamed Glen Ayre for the Ayers family, many of whom still live there today.  

Granny Biddix and her Bible

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. We don’t know her first name, but her face tells the stories of a long life in the mountains of Mitchell County. Noted Mitchell County photographer Jim Jones took this picture, probably in the 1930’s. The information on...

John and Jonathon and the almost State of Franklin

John and Jonathon and the almost State of Franklin

The western Mitchell County community of Tipton Hill was named for Major Jonathon Tipton III. Major Jonathon became embroiled in a 1784 dispute over the new state of Franklin.  The dispute was actually between him and his older brother Colonel John Tipton and Colonel...

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...

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