Photo of the Little Poplar Schoolhouse Christmas OrnamentThe 2021 MCHS Christmas Ornament:
The Little Poplar Schoolhouse

The 2021 commemorative Christmas ornament is of an icon of Mitchell County education: the Little Poplar Schoolhouse. First located in the Poplar community, the one-room schoolhouse constructed in the 1880s was dismantled and rebuilt on the campus of Mitchell High School in 1981 through efforts of retired teachers, Mitchell County residents, and a Z. Smith Reynolds grant. The pot-bellied stove, benches for students, and other memorabilia exemplify early education in the county.

The Schoolhouse is featured prominently in the Mitchell County Historical Society’s logo.

You can purchase the ornament directly here or browse our online store for gift ideas and other goodies.

MCHS Membership & Newsletter

Image of the front cover of the Third Quarter MCHS NewsletterPlease consider becoming a member of the Mitchell County Historical Society.

Discounts on merchandise purchased from the MCHS store are but one of the many goodies for members of MCHS. Here is a preview of the newsletter members receive, the Quarterly Review. Download a copy (PDF file – opens with the free Adobe Reader software) and see what members will be receiving beginning in the new year. Plus, you will get advance notice (and input) on our presentation series, opportunities to volunteer to help preserve our history, and access to online resources to research topics and genealogy in our office located in the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse.

Not a member? Join today!

 

The 2020
Christmas Ornament

Photo of the Good Will Free Library Christmas OrnamentThe 2020 Mitchell County Historical Society Christmas Ornament honors the Good Will Free Library, constructed by Dr. Charles H. Wing who retired to Mitchell County after a distinguished academic career. He made it his mission to bring education to residents, providing vocational training and opening a library filled with many of his own books that he loaned throughout the county. It was during its time the largest public library in North Carolina.

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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.


What’s New on the Site

Here are our latest posts about Mitchell County’s history. We welcome suggestions for topics. Please contact us to submit your ideas!

Places

Interesting stories

Cleaning Our Toes

Cleaning Our Toes

According to the Cherokee, a river is referred to as the Long Man with his head in the mountains and his feet in the sea. The North Toe River’s head is at Sugar Gap in the...

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A Very Special Six Months in Buladean

A Very Special Six Months in Buladean

For many years, churches in our community served dual roles as centers of religious and social activity on Sundays, and  also during the week,as schools for students of all ages....

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People

Significant Individuals

Patrolman Charles L. Radcliffe

Patrolman Charles L. Radcliffe

Charles Lewis Radcliffe was born 10/30/1926 in Roanoke Rapids, Halifax County, NC.  His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Radcliffe; his father worked as an electrician at...

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Miss Dorothy and her Books

Miss Dorothy and her Books

Dorothy Lee Anderson was born in Bakersville on November 15, 1929. She was the youngest daughter of Lee and Dora Masters Greene. She grew up in Bakersville and was a graduate of...

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History

Happenings of note

The Road to Peppers Creek

The Road to Peppers Creek

Ruth Lawrence, state supervisor of Negro Elementary Schools, reported, after a visit to Mitchell County in 1950, that she observed 7 boys and girls “learning their lessons” in a...

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Communities

Unique locales in Mitchell County

Icons

These define Mitchell County

The Road to Peppers Creek

The Road to Peppers Creek

Ruth Lawrence, state supervisor of Negro Elementary Schools, reported, after a visit to Mitchell County in 1950, that she observed 7 boys and girls “learning their lessons” in a...

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Miss Dorothy and her Books

Miss Dorothy and her Books

Dorothy Lee Anderson was born in Bakersville on November 15, 1929. She was the youngest daughter of Lee and Dora Masters Greene. She grew up in Bakersville and was a graduate of...

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Economics

Making a living in Mitchell County

Cleaning Our Toes

Cleaning Our Toes

According to the Cherokee, a river is referred to as the Long Man with his head in the mountains and his feet in the sea. The North Toe River’s head is at Sugar Gap in the...

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Tragedy at Berry Gap

Tragedy at Berry Gap

The coming of the Clinchfield Railroad to the region in the early 1900s was a boon for the area and opened up the isolated mountain region to the outside world. The building of...

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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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