Places

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...

Hollow Poplar Creek

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...

Red Hill

Red Hill

The Mitchell County community of Red Hill earned its name when a family over-farmed one of it’s hillsides. When heavy rains came, washing all of the topsoil away, all that was left was a “red hill”.    ...

Huntdale

Huntdale

At an altitude of 2,058 feet, this western Mitchell County community derives its name from a man whose wife Dale frequently ran off. As he would canvas the community looking for her, he told neighbors he was off to “hunt Dale”. Since that time the community has been...

Crabtree Falls or Murphy Falls??

Crabtree Falls or Murphy Falls??

Crabtree Falls, the name which is most recognized by people today, cascades 70 feet over the Blue Ridge escarpment on its journey to the Toe River. A hike from the trailhead in the Crabtree Meadows Campground allows visitors to delight in viewing the falls year-round....

Bandana

Bandana

When the Clinchfield Railroad came into this western Mitchell County community on the Toe River, it was decided to locate a station near a certain point after the train was making several stops a day in that area. A brakeman marked the point by hanging his bandana on...

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