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 Men Radio Show/Podcast Now Underway

Footsteps for Freedom Podcast Graphic with logo and marching re-enactors in the backgroundThe Mitchell County Historical Society is pleased to unveil our new salute to the Overmountain Men and their success at the Battle of Kings Mountain. We hav e introduced our new audio program Footsteps for Freedom: The Road To Kings Mountain, plus we have a new resource page for the Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain available now on our site. THe latest version of the program is posted mid-morning Monday-Friday. You can also hear the program at 8:15 each morning Monday through Friday on WTOE (1470 AM) and WKYK (940 AM). 

The audio files are posted daily and we will be adding articles and other information to the page on a regular basis. You will find links to online resources to learn more about the Overmountain Men, the region that they travelled through, and facts about the actual battle itself. Plus, we will provide details about local observances being held for the journey this September in our region and at the monument atop Kings Mountain on Monday, October 7th.

We hope you will enjoy the journey these next few weeks as we travel with the Overmountain Men to Kings Mountain!

Lydia Holman Program September 16

Photo of Lydia Holman with her horse

Lydia Holman with her horse

The 2019 Mitchell County Historical Society Program Series concludes at the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse in Bakersville on September 16 at 7:00 p.m. as Kathy Huie presents Looking for Lydia: A Search for Lydia Holman in Mitchell County. Huie, a former Associate Dean of the Florida Atlantic University College of Education and a volunteer for the Mitchell County Historical Society, will trace the career and life of Lydia Holman, a pioneering public health nurse who spent hearly 60 years working in Mitchell County. Admission to the program is free and open to the public.

We hope you will join us!

Photo of the 2019 Christmas Ornament of the Mitchell County Courthouse, red in colorThe 2019 Christmas Ornament

The 2019 Mitchell County Historical Society Christmas Ornament honors this historic building, built of cast stone and designed in the Classical Revival style. which is home to the MCHS offices on the first floor. The building was designed by H.L. Lewman and was constructed by the Falls City Construction Company. The Yancey County Courthouse, built in 1905, is almost a clone of the building. It is glass and comes in a box to protect it during shipment and storage.

VISIT THE MCHS ONLINE STORE FOR DETAILS >> 


Photo of the front page of the second quarter 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 2019 SECOND QUARTER NEWSLETTER (PDF file – opens with the free Adobe Reader software).

 


Scholarship Recipient Announced

MCHS is pleased to announce that Macie Stafford, a 2019 graduate of MItchell High School, is the third recipient of the Inez McRae Scholarship. You can learn more about Macie and about the scholarship here.


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

Kilmichael Tower and Little Switzerland

Kilmichael Tower and Little Switzerland

Judge Heriot Clarkson of Charlotte and his family were the developers of the resort community of Little Switzerland in 1910. The community between Grassy Mountain and Chestnut Ridge had been settled by several generations of hardy pioneers by the time Clarkson arrived...

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People

Significant Individuals

Charlie Byrd’s Long Road Home

Charlie Byrd’s Long Road Home

At least three different versions of Charlie’s capture, escape, and eventful walk home from South Carolina during the Civil War have been gleaned from reliable local sources, including Harvey J. Miller.  None of those sources indicate why Charlie joined the Union Army...

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History

Happenings of note

John Sevier’s Mitchell County Connections

John Sevier’s Mitchell County Connections

Heralded hero of the Battle of Kings Mountain and first governor of the new state of Tennessee (elected 5 additional times), John Sevier has several connections to Mitchell County. John’s grandfather was Valentine “The Huguenot” Sevier, born 1678 in Paris, France, but...

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Communities

Unique locales in Mitchell County

Kilmichael Tower and Little Switzerland

Kilmichael Tower and Little Switzerland

Judge Heriot Clarkson of Charlotte and his family were the developers of the resort community of Little Switzerland in 1910. The community between Grassy Mountain and Chestnut Ridge had been settled by several generations of hardy pioneers by the time Clarkson arrived...

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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

Working In The Mines ~ Mitchell County to Vance County

Working In The Mines ~ Mitchell County to Vance County

This article features recollections of Gary Forbes of Mocksville, NC, the son of Paul and Elsie Burleson Forbes.  He was born in 1948 in Spruce Pine at Williams Clinic.   My earliest memories are of living in the Hamme Tungsten Queen Mine Camp in Vance County, NC,...

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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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