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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2018 Christmas Ornament

Photo of the 2018 Cloudland Hotel OrnamentThe 2018 Mitchell County Historical Society Christmas Ornament celebrates the heyday of the Cloudland Hotel. It is decorated with a drawing of the famous resort that appeared in a newspaper ad in the 1890s along with a sprig of the famous rhododendron that appears in the largest naturally-occurring rhododendron gardens in the world atop Roan Mountain. A brief version of its history is included on the back.

This keepsake is perfect for anyone who has an interest in Roan Mountain and the grandeur of resort hotels from the late 19th Century. It is glass and comes in a box to protect it during shipment and storage.

The ornament is $22 and can be ordered online by clicking the button below. You can also purchase ornaments at the MCHS office located in the Mitchell County Historic Courthouse in Bakersville during business hours (Wednesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.).





Photo of the front page of the fourth quarter 2018 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 4TH QUARTER 2018 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

Lunday

Lunday

Lunday is a community in west central Mitchell County on the Toe River. The elevation is 2,346 above sea level. Was a stop on the Clinchfield Railroad during passenger train days until the 1950s. Famous for it's "house on the rocks" and the swinging bridge. Origin of...

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People

Significant Individuals

Brummetts Creek School

Brummetts Creek School

It’s back to school time!  These days public schools have consolidated, with only 2 high schools, 2 middle schools, 2 elementary schools, and 1 primary school in Mitchell County.  A century ago, however, each community had a small school with most grades attending...

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Professor James Clayton Bowman

Professor James Clayton Bowman

One of Mitchell County’s earliest and most important educators was James Clayton Bowman. J.C., as he was known, was born in Mitchell County in 1862, married Anna Mary Young in 1885, and then went to Athens Georgia to further his education. He returned and purchased a...

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History

Happenings of note

The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918

The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918

A lot of older folks recall their parents and grandparents telling stories about the deadly “grip” that many Mitchell County families suffered 100 years ago. “They said that some took sick and died in two or three days. It was pretty bad.” Little did they know that...

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Brummetts Creek School

Brummetts Creek School

It’s back to school time!  These days public schools have consolidated, with only 2 high schools, 2 middle schools, 2 elementary schools, and 1 primary school in Mitchell County.  A century ago, however, each community had a small school with most grades attending...

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Communities

Unique locales in Mitchell County

Lunday

Lunday

Lunday is a community in west central Mitchell County on the Toe River. The elevation is 2,346 above sea level. Was a stop on the Clinchfield Railroad during passenger train days until the 1950s. Famous for it's "house on the rocks" and the swinging bridge. Origin of...

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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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The Historic Mitchell County Courthouse

The Historic Mitchell County Courthouse

The first Mitchell County Courthouse, built in 1869, served the county well until 1907 with the grand opening of the new Courthouse which was built on the site of the first courthouse.  More than just a courtroom where justice was served, the building was a gateway to...

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Economics

Making a living in Mitchell County

The Roan may become Sun Valley of the South

Don’t go looking for your skis just yet; however, this idea has an interesting history going back at least to 1920. It is well known that General John Wilder had a smaller retreat constructed on the Roan in 1877 and then in 1885 built the iconic Cloudland Hotel, which...

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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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