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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...

Decoration Day in the Mountains

Decoration Day in the Mountains

  While most of America honors their dead on Memorial Day with flowers, wreaths, and special services, there is a distinctive tradition that has endured for generations in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Beginning in June of every year and lasting through October,...

Crabtree Falls vs Murphy Falls vs Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls vs Murphy Falls vs Crabtree Falls

CRABTREE FALLS VS MURPHY FALLS VS CRABTREE FALLS Crabtree Falls, located at Milepost 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, cascades 70 feet over the Blue Ridge escarpment on its journey to the Toe River. A part of the original land grant to the Penland family by the King,...

Downtown Little Switzerland

Downtown Little Switzerland

This rare photo shows the entire complex of buildings that originally made up “downtown Little Switzerland”. Judge Heriot Clarkson of Charlotte came to the community in 1909 and would establish a resort community here in 1910, giving it the name Little Switzerland –...

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.  

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...

Toecane

Toecane

This central Mitchell County community is located at the junction of the North Toe River and Cane Creek. At an elevation of 2,058 feet, it was once a major stop on the Clinchfield Railroad line. Many goods that came into the county by train were unloaded at the...

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