Places

Tipton Hill’s Old Country Store

Tipton Hill’s Old Country Store

In 1947, Frank Griffith (1922-2012) and Farrell Tipton (1909-1977) became partners in a general store at Tipton Hill.  Frank and Farrell were brothers-in-law; Farrell was married to Frank’s sister Blanche.  The two men purchased the store from Joseph Tipton, Frank’s...

Catching The Train

Catching The Train

Catching the Clinchfield as it wound its way northbound up the mountains, or southbound to the piedmont was an easy task when passenger service was common. The railroad, which ran from coalfields of Elkhorn City, Kentucky to the textile mills of upstate South...

Lunday

Lunday

Lunday is a community in west central Mitchell County on the Toe River. The elevation is 2,346 above sea level. Was a stop on the Clinchfield Railroad during passenger train days until the 1950s. Famous for it's "house on the rocks" and the swinging bridge. Origin of...

Ewart

Ewart

Community in north Mitchell County on Big Rock Creek between Harrell and Buladean.

Street

Street

Street is a community in Mitchell County between Tipton Hill and Hollow Poplar Creek. Named for the Street family who were the early settlers there.

Clarissa

Clarissa

This Mitchell County community was named after Clarissa Young, a beloved woman and early settler in the Cane Creek area. Clarissa is located in the Cane Creek section of Mitchell County, near Bakersville.

Kona

Kona

This “scientific” community in west central Mitchell County is located near the junction of the North Toe and South Toe Rivers. Although there are several variations of how the community was named, the word Kona is actually short for the chemical makeup of feldspar. K...

Poplar – Hollow Poplar Creek

Poplar – Hollow Poplar Creek

Hollow Poplar Creek was the original name of this community near where the Toe River becomes the Nolichucky as it flows into the Nolichucky Gorge and Tennessee. It was named for an enormous poplar tree that once stood there. This hollowed tree supposedly served not...

Minpro

Minpro

This community has often been called the “mineral belt” of Mitchell County because of the clay, spar, and mica mined in the area. Several mineral processing plants sprang up in the area in the early 1900’s. A workman at one of those plants suggested the name Minpro as...

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