2019 MITCHELL COUNTY HISTORY BEE

2019 MITCHELL COUNTY HISTORY BEE

The 3rdAnnual History Bee, co-sponsored by the Mitchell County Historical Society and Mitchell News-Journal, is scheduled for Thursday evening, 21 March 2019, at 6:00 PM; once again, we will convene in the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville.  Fifty-Eight Mitchell...
School in Mitchell County

School in Mitchell County

School started up again this week.  North Carolina state law mandates 180 days of school today, but Mitchell County’s student population a century ago didn’t get that many days of instruction.  Like other rural children, they were likely to attend school in the winter...
Chestnut Flats Mine

Chestnut Flats Mine

Initial mining in Mitchell County, in the 1880s, was for mica, dug in a few large operations but also in small family mines which brought in extra money when men were not busy farming.  By the 20th century, however, the county was found to be rich in other minerals,...
CRANKING A MODEL T FORD

CRANKING A MODEL T FORD

Ford Motor Company produced 15 million Model T automobiles from October 1, 1908 through May 26, 1927.  They were sometimes referred to as “Tin Lizzies” or a “flivvers.”  Ford Model T’s relied on a removable hand crank in the front of the vehicle until 1920, when the...
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