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Skillful Mountain Girl

Pictured at her loom is Mae Gouge Huskins (1911-1984), daughter of Rev. John Anderson and Hulda Thomas Gouge.  This photo belongs to Mae’s daughter, Betty Conley; it also appears in Cabins in the Laurel by Muriel Earley Sheppard.  That 1935 volume about Mitchell...

Stacy Buchanan Grist Mill

Stacy Buchanan Grist Mill

Joseph Stacy Buchanan (1866-1950) ground wheat and corn for many around Mitchell County.  He caught his right arm in a belt and had to have it amputated above the elbow.  He continued to work at the mill even after he lost his arm.  Stacy Buchanan was the son of...

The Early Days of Art in our Mountain Community

The Early Days of Art in our Mountain Community

  Our ancestors here wove flax and wool to make their clothing and coverlets; they used bellows and fire to weld a fire box, make shoes for their horses and mules. They shaped and fired clay pots to store drink and food. There were those who painted portraits of their...

ROBY BUCHANAN, TIFFANY OF THE HILLS

ROBY BUCHANAN, TIFFANY OF THE HILLS

Late summer brings the annual gem festivals, so we look back at a Mitchell County gemologist who was one of the Mineral and Gen Festival’s early participants.  Roby Milton Buchanan (1903-1974) has been judged the greatest jewel craftsman of the Blue Ridge Mountains,...

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...

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