The History & Heritage of Mitchell County, NC
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.
Scan Days in Bakersville, Spruce Pine & Huntdale
The Mitchell County Historical Society is sponsoring our annual Scan Days Saturday, February 3 in Bakersville , Saturday, February 17 in Spruce Pine, and Saturday, March 17 in Huntdale, NC. This is your chance to share your photos and documents! We scan them while you wait and add them to our ever-growing collection of images and documents about Mitchell County.
You can learn more about scan days on our Scan Day page. We hope to see you during Scan Days 2018!
History Bee is Coming March 22!
The Second Annual Mitchell County History Bee is just around the corner! The Bee takes place Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the courtroom of the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse in Bakersville. There will be two levels of competition: 6th to 8th grade and 9th to 12th grade, and winners will be awarded money! The Bee is open to any student in Mitchell County Schools, Mayland Early College, local church schools, and homeschools.
Learn more at our History Bee page.
Inez McRae Scholarship Applications Being Accepted
The Mitchell County Historical Society is once again awarding the Inez McRae Scholarship to a Mitchell County senior who will be attending college this fall. Get more information about scholarship requirements, including a application here.
Want to learn more about what is taking place with the Historical Society? We release a quarterly newsletter with information on programs, events, updates on projects, and much, much more. MCHS members receive the newsletter as part of their membership early each quarter.
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 to us!
Locations with interesting stories
The building which houses the Penland Post Office and, for many years, a general mercantile, was constructed in 1902 by Isaac Bailey, a Confederate Colonel and later NC Senator from Mitchell County. Two years later, Bailey and his wife, Louisa Penland, donated land...read more
The first Mitchell County Courthouse, built in 1869, served the county well until 1907 with the grand opening of the new Courthouse which was built on the site of the first courthouse. More than just a courtroom where justice was served, the building was a gateway to...read more
Significant people in Mitchell County
Mitchell County was well represented at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1933. Miss Lucy Morgan of Penland unveiled the “Carolina Cabin” at the event that showcased the handicrafts, music, folklore, and people of the Southern Highlands. An unusual attraction was scheduled...read more
This photo was likely made in the early years of the 20th century when Thomas Baker Young (photo center) came up from his home on Toms Creek in McDowell County to visit his brothers in Mitchell County. Mack Young (photo left) lived on Cane Creek; Reuben J. Young...read more
Happenings of note
The Great War, which was referred to as World War I only after the Second World War, ended on November 11, 1918, when an armistice was arranged at the Western Front in France. The cessation of hostilities between the Allied Forces and Germany took effect at 11:00 AM...read more
When the Clinchfield Railroad made its way through the Roses Creek Community in the early 1900’s, the Holston Land Corporation erected a grand hotel along the railroad in 1915. They gave it the name Altapass – “Alta” (meaning a high-elevation of 2,623 feet) and...read more
These define Mitchell County
The modest, but well-constructed building known by various names, beginning with “the Blevins Building,” has served the Town of Bakersville and its people for decades. The name by which locals often call the structure comes from original owner...read more
Turning out when a celebrity visits town has always been commonplace, and when Buster Brown and his dog Tige stopped by the new Spruce Pine Store building in the 1920s, the whole town turned out to say hello. “I’m Buster Brown, and I live in a shoe. That’s my dog,...read more
Making a living in Mitchell County
The Greene Building, which currently houses the Bakersville Emporium, was constructed on the site left vacant by the 1922 fire that destroyed part of Bakersville. The Green Building was constructed by David MacDonald Greene, who owned a big white two-story general...read more
The Spruce Pine Golf Course had its beginnings prior to World War II, when a nine-hole-course was built on what was then part of the S.T. Henry Dairy Farm at Grassy Creek. This land was once used as a hunting ground by both the Cherokee and Catawba Indians before the...read more
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.
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March 3, 2018
10:00 am: Scan Day - Peterson Store Huntdale
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March 16, 2018
4:00 pm: History Bee Registration Deadline
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March 22, 2018
7:00 pm: History Bee
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