Just in Time for the Holidays!

Decorate in style with a set of 9 Mitchell County Historic Sites Christmas Ornaments for only $75. Also, Voices of the Valley, the celebration of Mitchell County’s 150th Anniversary, is on sale for just $20 (in our office) or $25 (online, including shipping).


Apple Butter Featured in Our State

Our State Magazine is featuring 31 Days, 31 Ways to Enjoy Apples in North Carolina in their October issue. #17 on the list is apple butter maker Randy McClellan and MCHS’s Apple Butter Festival in Bakersville.


Tough Times for Everyone

In the months since the Corona virus reached the U.S. shores, we have seen unprecedented changes in our society. Lives have been lost. Families have had to deal with changes in jobs and giving care to those in need. Traditional institutions like church and school have had to adjust how they operate. Events have been postponed or cancelled. There has been no segment of our society that has not been profoundly impacted by the virus.

We here at the Mitchell County Historical Society have been greatly impacted by COVID-19. Our annual speaker’s series, normally held from April through September, has been cancelled. Our annual Apple Butter Festival set for each October in Bakersville, has been postponed until 2021. The annual Mitchell County History Bee which gives our county students the opportunity to learn about local history has had to be postponed. Finally, our chance to get out in the community and meet people has been curtailed.

MCHS depends on  memberships in our organization, our events, sales through our online store, and financial donations to keep our office in the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse staffed and open along with our museum in the McBee Building next door. This financial support also allows us to assist with genealogy and history searches, award the Inez McRae Memorial Scholarship to a deserving student each year, work on special projects such as the Penland Cemetery preservation, development of content for our website, and support of our general work to preserve the history and heritage of Mitchell County.

We know these are tough times, but if you can become a member of MCHS or give a donation, it will be greatly appreciated. Your financial support will help us continue to preserve and share the interesting stories about the people, places, and events that make our county special.

Membership funds go to our general operations. Donations can be specified for particular categories and can be made in any amount. Select from the buttons below to contribute. MCHS is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Please consult with your tax preparation specialist for advice on this.

Finally, thank you for your interest in Mitchell County, your comments and engagement through e-mail and social media, and for your financial support for our organization.

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!


Donate to MCHS

The Mitchell County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which means your donations are tex-deductible under the limitations of tax law. Your contributions help us continue our work.

Please consider making an online donation by clicking the button below.

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.


The Corona Times

MCHS Documents the
Corona Virus Pandemic

Cover for Footsteps for Freedom Podcast

Enjoy our podcast and blog entries as we celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Overmountain Men and their journey to the Battle of Kings Mountain.


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.

Tell Your Story.

We are committed to saving and sharing
the stories of Mitchell County’s
people, places, and events.
Won’t you join us?

Penland Cemetery Project

MCHS is seeking help with an important project we have undertaken. The historic Penland Cemetery in Bakersville has suffered from years of neglect, with vandals overturning tombstones and the plot becoming grown-over with trees and underbrush. We have begun efforts to repair the road to the cemetery and restore it so visitors and researchers have easy access. Learn more about the Penland Cemetery project and how you can help..

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!


Interesting stories


Significant Individuals

The School Beneath the Roan

The School Beneath the Roan

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mitchell High School class of 2020 took part in a historic graduation at Lavonia Crest. As they rolled through their parade on their way...

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Happenings of note

The School Beneath the Roan

The School Beneath the Roan

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mitchell High School class of 2020 took part in a historic graduation at Lavonia Crest. As they rolled through their parade on their way...

read more


Unique locales in Mitchell County


This Mitchell County community in southern Mitchell County lies along Brushy Creek. The name comes from an Indian Princess who fell in love with a brave from a rival tribe....

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These define Mitchell County


Making a living in Mitchell County

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.

October 2020
September 27, 2020September 28, 2020September 29, 2020September 30, 2020October 1, 2020October 2, 2020October 3, 2020
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