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.


Holiday Gifts in Our Online Store

Photo of the Spruce Pine Christmas Depot ornament, which is gold in colorLooking for a gift for that special someone? The MCHS Online Store has ideas for you! Our Christmas Ornaments collection features scenes of Mitchell County, including the McBee Building and Dellinger Grist Mill in Bakersville, the Penland Post Office, the Kona Baptist Church (where Charlie Silver of the famous Frankie and Charlie story is buried), and the English Inn and the Railroad Depot in Spruce Pine.

We also have a great selection of books, including Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series covering our region, census records, and the coffee table book Voices of the Valley, celebrating Mitchell County’s Sesquicentennial.

Your purchases through our store help fund MCHS programs and services dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of Mitchell County. We ship products nationwide and you can buy and pay online using PayPal.

Stop in and visit our online store today!


Image of the front page of the 3rd quarter 2017 MCHS NesletterNewsletter

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.

Take a look at our current newsletter (PDF file – opens with the free Adobe Reader software).

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!

Places

Locations with interesting stories

Bakersville Before and After the May Flood of 1901

Bakersville Before and After the May Flood of 1901

These photos provide a unique comparative look at Bakersville before and after the May Flood of 1901.  We know that the photo on the right was taken before 1906-07 when the Courthouse of 1868, shown in the foreground, was replaced with the current Historic...

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Loafers Glory

Loafers Glory

This old postcard shows Loafers Glory, a community with one of the more evocative place names in Mitchell County.   It’s located at the intersection of Highways 226 and 226A, near the confluence of Cane Creek and Toe River. Close by is the distinctive old Master’s...

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People

Significant people in Mitchell County

Spruce Pine was Hockey Town, USA

Spruce Pine was Hockey Town, USA

In 1982, Robert Bailey and Alvin Barrier, owners of the Buck Stove Corporation, embarked on a bold plan to redevelop the old Harris School property as an entertainment, shopping, dining, and lodging complex. They decided that the bridge between downtown Spruce Pine...

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Fox Hunters on the Roan

Fox Hunters on the Roan

The July 21, 1955 edition of the Tri-County News featured this photo taken in 1905 at Roan Mountain in front of the bowling alley of the old Cloudland Hotel. These fox hunters are posing with their dogs. They are (left to right): Reverend Molt Buchanan, Bergin Gouge,...

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History

Happenings of note

Spruce Pine was Hockey Town, USA

Spruce Pine was Hockey Town, USA

In 1982, Robert Bailey and Alvin Barrier, owners of the Buck Stove Corporation, embarked on a bold plan to redevelop the old Harris School property as an entertainment, shopping, dining, and lodging complex. They decided that the bridge between downtown Spruce Pine...

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A Local Author Writes About The Civil War

The following series of stories were written and submitted by local author Pat Turner Mitchell. They were originally published in the Mitchell News Journal on the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War - 2011. OFF TO WAR Most of us have heard of an ancestor who fought in...

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Icons

These define Mitchell County

The Glen Ayre Rambler – Wayne Ledford

The Glen Ayre Rambler – Wayne Ledford

This article courtesy of Blue Ridge Natural Heritage Area  www.blueridgeheritage.com/traditional-artist-directory/wayne-ledford Wayne Ledford was born into a musical family in the Little Rock Creek community of Mitchell County, and he has been playing for more than 75...

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Oscar “Red” Wilson – A Mitchell County Treasure

Oscar “Red” Wilson – A Mitchell County Treasure

Article From The North Carolina Arts Council - NC Department of Cultural Resources Oscar "Red" Wilson - A MITCHELL COUNTY TREASURE Growing up in Avery County before World War II, Red Wilson learned fiddle and banjo tunes that have their origins in the pioneer musical...

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Economics

Making a living in Mitchell County

Skillful Mountain Girl

Pictured at her loom is Mae Gouge Huskins (1911-1984), daughter of Rev. John Anderson and Hulda Thomas Gouge.  This photo belongs to Mae’s daughter, Betty Conley; it also appears in Cabins in the Laurel by Muriel Earley Sheppard.  That 1935 volume about Mitchell...

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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.

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