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The Mountain Springhouse – An Absolute Necessity

The Mountain Springhouse – An Absolute Necessity

Before the days when water was piped into homes, mountain folks were often able to take advantage of fresh water running down the mountainside or bubbling up from the earth.  A section of running water might be diverted into a channel lined with rocks; it was cleared...

The Story of the Spruce Pine Depots

The Story of the Spruce Pine Depots

With all the excitement of the exterior renovation of the Spruce Pine Depot, we thought we would take a look back at the history behind the two depots that have existed in Spruce Pine. The South & Western Railroad, the forerunner of the Clinchfield Railroad, arrived...

Buladean Graduates

Buladean Graduates

Notes accompanying this photo identify the first graduating class from a school sponsored by the Buladean Presbyterian Church, which was organized by the Holston Presbytery in 1922.  There was no date with the photo; however, Churches of the Mayland Fellowship record...

The General Store

The General Store

These days, we hop in our car and drive a few miles to Ingles, Wal-Mart, or the Dollar General Store when we need groceries for the family or other supplies.  But prior to the widespread use of automobiles and the growth of supermarkets and so forth, each community...

Decoration Day in the Mountains

Decoration Day in the Mountains

Much of the Mountain South still observes Decoration Day, a tradition since soon after the Civil War; most believe the custom was emulated in the North and eventually became our national holiday, Memorial Day. Most often held in the warmer months, from May to...

Sunday Go-To-Meeting Best

Sunday Go-To-Meeting Best

This notable photograph of the congregation of Liberty Hill Baptist Church was taken on April 12, 1908. The church was officially chartered in 1866, but had been meeting since the 1840’s. A log building with dirt floors was erected in the Estatoe Community near the...

“Doc” Hoppes – The Minstrel of Brushy Creek

“Doc” Hoppes – The Minstrel of Brushy Creek

Mitchell County was well represented at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1933. Miss Lucy Morgan of Penland unveiled the “Carolina Cabin” at the event that showcased the handicrafts, music, folklore, and people of the Southern Highlands. An unusual attraction was scheduled...

Davis to Bakersville: 150th Anniversary of Name Change

Davis to Bakersville: 150th Anniversary of Name Change

On the 16th of February 1861, the North Carolina Legislature ratified a bill to establish a new county by the name of Mitchell. The act goes on to specify that “a permanent seat of justice” be determined, which “said town shall be called and known by the name of...

Penland Post Office and General Store

Penland Post Office and General Store

The building which houses the Penland Post Office and, for many years, a general mercantile, was constructed in 1902 by Isaac Bailey, a Confederate Colonel and later NC Senator from Mitchell County.  Two years later, Bailey and his wife, Louisa Penland, donated land...

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