Getting to the Roan was an Adventure

Getting to the Roan was an Adventure

Before the 1940’s, those who wanted to go to the top of the Roan Mountain from Bakersville had to travel by horse or buggy – or up an old post road for those brave enough with their cars. In 1939, a public road was constructed from Bakersville to the top of the...
Buladean Graduates

Buladean Graduates

Notes accompanying this photo identify the first graduating class from a school sponsored by the Buladean Presbyterian Church, which was organized by the Holston Presbytery in 1922.  There was no date with the photo; however, Churches of the Mayland Fellowship record...
The General Store

The General Store

These days, we hop in our car and drive a few miles to Ingles, Wal-Mart, or the Dollar General Store when we need groceries for the family or other supplies.  But prior to the widespread use of automobiles and the growth of supermarkets and so forth, each community...
A Tribute to David Earl King

A Tribute to David Earl King

  David was born in 1910 at Valley, NC, near the Yellow Mountain Road, now Avery County, to Franklin and Elizabeth Perry King. The family moved to Bakersville when David was a child and he lived the remainder of his life in a house off Hwy 261 just outside the...
The Musical Ledford Family of Glen Ayre

The Musical Ledford Family of Glen Ayre

Mitchell County has produced many fine musicians, especially those playing traditional Appalachian music and Bluegrass.  One family with its share and more of talented musicians was the Ledford family of Glen Ayre.  The father of this musical family was A.W. (Amos...
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