Image of the Scan Days PosterWelcome!

The Mitchell County Historical Society is committed to the preservation of the history, heritage, and culture of Mitchell County, North Carolina. We hope you enjoy your visit and stop by often for updated stories, photos, and videos. Make sure you stop by our online store for a selection of books and Christmas ornaments about Mitchell County and the region.


We Want To Scan Your Photos and Answer Your Genealogy Questions

On February 4 at our offices in the Mitchell County Historic Courthouse in Bakersville and on February 18 at the Spruce Pine Main Street offices on Lower Street, the Mitchell County Historical Society will be holding Scan Days. Get more information here.

1st Annual MCHS History Bee

MCHS is pleased to announce its first annual HISTORY BEE for young students of Mitchell County history, scheduled for Thursday, April 6, 2017, in the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse.   Winnes will be awarded cash prizes of $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place, so start studying now!

There will be two categories of competition: students under 15 and students 15-18.  All questions will be based on Elizabeth Hunter’s Voices of the Valley, published in 2011 on the 150th anniversary of the formation of Mitchell County.  This volume is available in sschool and public libraries, or for purchase at the MCHS office in Bakersville, or through our online store.

There is no fee to enter the competition, but students should register by March 31, 2017.  Registration Form.

For more information, contact our office or ask your history teacher!  And study up for pride and prizes!


High School Seniors Apply Now for Mitchell County Historical Society Scholarship

The Mitchell County Historical Society Scholarship is awarded annually to a Mitchell County high school senior in the amount of $500. 

The applicant must be a high school senior who has demonstrated an interest in Appalachian studies, including, but not necessarily limited to Appalachian history, music, art, folk culture and economic or community development.  The applicant must demonstrate a desire to pursue this study at a higher educational level and express a desire to eventually live and work within Appalachia.  The scholarship is intended as a grant-in-aid to be used for educational expenses such as tuition, books and equipment related to the course of study. 

The application will require personal information regarding the applicant, including parents’ names and addresses, grade point average, information regarding any arrest history, future educational plans, and at least three references (two non-educational), and information regarding family income. 

An essay will be required in which the applicant will detail the area of Appalachian studies in which he or she has been involved, explain his or her educational intentions and discuss his or her plans for a future career.  The applications must be completed by April 15, 2017.  

All applications will be referred to the Mitchell Historical Society Scholarship Committee who will review the applications, evaluate the applicants, and select three finalists by April 30,2017.  The applicant’s financial need may be a consideration in determining the finalists and/or the eventual winner. 

Upon receipt of the names of the finalists and their original applications, the Mitchell County Historical Society Board of Directors will conduct personal interviews with the applicants. The winner will be notified and the scholarship will be presented by May 11, 2017.

What’s New on the Site

Here are our latest posts about Mitchell County’s history. We welcome suggestions for topics to add. Please use our contact page to submit your ideas for topics we should cover.


Notorious people in Mitchell County

Wolves at the Door

Wolves at the Door

In the 1930's Mrs. Amelia Meares Greenlee asked the students in her classroom to collect stories that told of the "pioneer days" in our community - (Spruce Pine and Grassy Creek.) This is one of the stories which was shared. This is a story about something which took...

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Happenings of note

What Mitchell County looked like in 1904

What Mitchell County looked like in 1904

Mitchell County was created in 1861. The original boundary of Mitchell County ran from the top of Grandfather Mountain to Bearwallow Gap at Little Switzerland, then to Three Knobs at the Yancey/McDowell border, turning down Crabtree Creek and continuing on to the...

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These define Mitchell County

Bakersville Cafes

Bakersville Cafes

Bakersville has had a fair share of eating establishments over the years. The first were probably the dining rooms of the two hotels in town. Among standalones in the 1940’s was Mike White’s Café, located where the Bakersville Town Hall is today. Wash Sparks’ Café was...

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Mitchell County’s Sam Brinkley and His Famous Beard

Mitchell County’s Sam Brinkley and His Famous Beard

Sam Brinkley just purely got tired of shaving. At 26 years old his beard grew so fast that he had to shave several times a day to be presentable. At that point he said enough was enough and was determined never to shave again – and he famously kept that promise....

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Making a living in Mitchell County

Cutting Timber

Cutting Timber

Early Appalachia seemed to have limitless timber; settlers in our area were well supplied with wood for fuel and building their homes, and forests provided bountiful food.  The mountains were not easily accessible to logging enterprises, however, nor could the timber...

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Winter in Mitchell County

Enjoy some beautiful views of the cold season in Mitchell County.

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events from the Mitchell County Historical Society. Click or tap on a date that is highlighted for information on what’s happening.

February 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017 February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Scan Day in Bakersville

10:00 am: Scan Day in Bakersville
February 5, 2017
February 6, 2017 February 7, 2017 February 8, 2017 February 9, 2017 February 10, 2017 February 11, 2017 February 12, 2017
February 13, 2017 February 14, 2017 February 15, 2017 February 16, 2017 February 17, 2017 February 18, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Scan Day In Spruce Pine

10:00 am: Scan Day In Spruce Pine
February 19, 2017
February 20, 2017 February 21, 2017 February 22, 2017 February 23, 2017 February 24, 2017 February 25, 2017 February 26, 2017
February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017 March 4, 2017 March 5, 2017

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