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.

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Overmountain Victory Historic Trail Presentation is June 17

The Overmountain Victory Historic Trail is a 330 mile route through Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina that traces the path taken by the Overmountain Men, the famous militia that defeated the British and their leader Patrick Ferguson at the Battle of Kings Mountain on October 7, 1780. Starli McDowell, Executive Director of the Toe River Watershed Partnership, will discuss the trail and the plans to construct a section that will connect Spruce Pine to Lake James at our June presentation. It will be held June 17th at 7:00 p.m.in the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse in Bakersville. Admission is free and we invite all to attend.

Learn more about the Overmountain Victory Historic Trail and about the Battle of Kings Mountain.
 

Front page of the 2019 MCHS NewsletterNewsletter

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 1ST QUARTER 2019 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

Interesting stories

North Carolina Rhododendron Festival: Roots and Twigs

North Carolina Rhododendron Festival: Roots and Twigs

The beautiful Rhododendron flower is celebrated worldwide. These celebrations include festivals in Port Logan, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Muroji, Japan; Taranaki, a bit south of New Plymouth, New Zealand: Florence, OR; Me, CA; Plymouth, MA; and tad closer to home,...

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People

Significant Individuals

Spruce Pine Esso on the Corner of Greenwood and Highland

Spruce Pine Esso on the Corner of Greenwood and Highland

The building in the photograph was on the corner of Greenwood Road and Highland Avenue, just across from Town Hall, according to Max L. Gouge (1926-2015), who made notes and drew a map on the reverse of the photo.  His notes state that the original Esso Station in...

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History

Happenings of note

North Carolina Rhododendron Festival: Roots and Twigs

North Carolina Rhododendron Festival: Roots and Twigs

The beautiful Rhododendron flower is celebrated worldwide. These celebrations include festivals in Port Logan, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Muroji, Japan; Taranaki, a bit south of New Plymouth, New Zealand: Florence, OR; Me, CA; Plymouth, MA; and tad closer to home,...

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Communities

Unique locales in Mitchell County

Mitchell County and the May Fresh of 1901

Mitchell County and the May Fresh of 1901

David Crockett described the flood of the Nolichucky in 1791 as “the second epistle to Noah’s fresh.” Most likely, since the Toe River feeds the Nolichucky and Cane Creek feeds the Toe River, the folks in what’s now Mitchell County also had to deal with high water....

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Icons

These define Mitchell County

“Doc” Hoppes – The Minstrel of Brushy Creek

“Doc” Hoppes – The Minstrel of Brushy Creek

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...

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Economics

Making a living in Mitchell County

Spruce Pine Esso on the Corner of Greenwood and Highland

Spruce Pine Esso on the Corner of Greenwood and Highland

The building in the photograph was on the corner of Greenwood Road and Highland Avenue, just across from Town Hall, according to Max L. Gouge (1926-2015), who made notes and drew a map on the reverse of the photo.  His notes state that the original Esso Station in...

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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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