This Mitchell County community was named after Clarissa Baker Buchanan, a beloved woman and early settler in the Cane Creek area. According to oral tradition, during the Civil War all the men were gone to fight. At that time marauders were a real danger in the mountains, especially with the women on their own. Clarissa organized the women in the community and set up a system for communicating distress signals using codes via the dinner bells. When a distress signal was sent the other women in the community could identify who needed assistance by the code and the women in the community would arm themselves and run to aid their sister in distress.