Getting to the Roan was an Adventure

Getting to the Roan was an Adventure

Before the 1940’s, those who wanted to go to the top of the Roan Mountain from Bakersville had to travel by horse or buggy – or up an old post road for those brave enough with their cars. In 1939, a public road was constructed from Bakersville to the top of the...
November 2018 Bells of Peace

November 2018 Bells of Peace

The Mitchell County Historical Society in collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is participating in the national program “Bells of Peace.” This is a call to citizens and organizations across the nation to toll bells in...
The Sam Silver Family

The Sam Silver Family

Pictured here are Samuel Washington Silver (1884-1949) and Mamie J. Pendley (1882-1956), with their younger children.  Sam Sr. is holding Samuel Washington Silver, Jr. (1920-1998), while Mary Irene (1913-1979) and Myrtle Melvina (1909-2000) are seated to Mamie’s...
Harris High Football Stars

Harris High Football Stars

Sometime in the early 1970s, standout football players from Harris High School in Spruce Pine gathered to share tales of past glory on the field and be honored for their prowess on the field.  Those honored included the Blue Devils shown here, who have been identified...

The Tradition of Apple Butter

This photo appeared in the Tri-County News, precursor to the Mitchell News-Journal, on September 13, 1973, with the following caption: “Once again it is apple butter making time in the tri-county area.  Many people still make it the ‘old-timey way’ over an open fire...
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