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

The Early Days of Art in our Mountain Community

The Early Days of Art in our Mountain Community

  Our ancestors here wove flax and wool to make their clothing and coverlets; they used bellows and fire to weld a fire box, make shoes for their horses and mules. They shaped and fired clay pots to store drink and food. There were those who painted portraits of their...

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Summer Camps in Little Switzerland

Summer Camps in Little Switzerland

Shortly after Judge Heriot Clarkson established the resort community of Little Switzerland in 1910, others came with their vision of establishing summer camps in the beautiful mountain community. In 1914, a Charleston, SC resident, Miss Marie Gaillard Dwight, started...

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People

Significant people in Mitchell County

History

Happenings of note

The English Inn – Spruce Pine’s Foundation

The English Inn – Spruce Pine’s Foundation

No one knows for sure when the original part of the English Inn was built, but we do know that it has set, for at least two centuries, as the anchor of our community. The Inn was originally built by the Rowe family, at the busy crossing point of the Marion to...

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The Revolutionary War Marches Through Mitchell County

The Revolutionary War Marches Through Mitchell County

In September and October of 1780, Overmountain Patriots made their way through the Toe River Valley to quash a threat from British Major Patrick Ferguson. Hundreds of families had settled “over the mountains” in what is now Western North Carolina, East Tennessee, and...

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Icons

These define Mitchell County

CRANKING A MODEL T FORD

CRANKING A MODEL T FORD

Ford Motor Company produced 15 million Model T automobiles from October 1, 1908 through May 26, 1927.  They were sometimes referred to as “Tin Lizzies” or a “flivvers.”  Ford Model T’s relied on a removable hand crank in the front of the vehicle until 1920, when the...

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Belk-Broome Store in Spruce Pine

Belk-Broome Store in Spruce Pine

The Belk store was a large part of the Spruce Pine community for nearly 75 years. Initially opening in 1928 in a building next to today’s Dellinger’s Christian Book Store, it was operated like many other Belk enterprises: the Charlotte-based company joined with...

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Economics

Making a living in Mitchell County

Buster Brown Comes To Town!

Buster Brown Comes To Town!

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,...

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SUMMERTIME!

SUMMERTIME!

These days our summer recreation and relaxation might involve kayaking or canoeing on the river or cooking hamburgers and hotdogs on a gas grill.  However, the 2 photos from the 1950s in this week’s Looking Back show that Mitchell County residents have long enjoyed...

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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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