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...
The Spruce Pine at the Forks of the Road

The Spruce Pine at the Forks of the Road

The English Inn is where Spruce Pine traces its origins. No one can pinpoint the exact date that the original log structure was built, but we believe that it was shortly after the Revolutionary War. Isaac English purchased the ever-expanding building from his...
John Anderson Gouge, Mitchell County Teacher

John Anderson Gouge, Mitchell County Teacher

John Anderson Gouge (1860-1937) born in the Bear Creek community of Mitchell County, was the youngest child of William “Little Billy” and Emily Griffin Gouge.  J.A. and his three siblings were orphaned when his father died of measles while serving in the Civil War. ...
Keepers of the Bees

Keepers of the Bees

Settlers in Appalachia had several types of sweetnin’ – sugar from maple or other trees, syrup from sorghum, etc., and honey from the bees brought from Europe to America in the 1600s. Many mountain families first kept bees in hollowed-out black gum trees and later in...
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