History

Ringing the Bells of Bakersville

Ringing the Bells of Bakersville

The first large bell in Bakersville is the one in the Historic Courthouse today, which, we are told, was the one that rang from the belfry of the first Mitchell County Courthouse built in 1868. Photos of the 1868 courthouse show clearly a belfry and the design of the...

Dr. Virgil Roscoe Butt, MD and Family

Dr. Virgil Roscoe Butt, MD and Family

First, a word about the Butt surname. Some researchers have traced the first Butt settlers in America to Dutch origin, with the name spelled Butz. However, in a reliable source entitled Names through the Ages, the name is seen as English, derived from Butler, meaning...

An Early History of the Bakersville United Methodist Church

An Early History of the Bakersville United Methodist Church

Critically important pieces of Mitchell County History are the stories of our churches. Some works of note such as Lloyd Bailey, A History of the Methodist Church in the Toe River Valley, from which the current story draws significantly and James Oliver Young, A...

April Fools

April Fools

According to Wikipedia, April Fools’ Day is “an annual custom on April 1, consisting of practical jokes and hoaxes.”  April Fools’ Day is not a public holiday in any nation, but it is commonly observed around the world. Some historians suggest the basis of the April...

The Spanish Lady Visits Mitchell County

The Spanish Lady Visits Mitchell County

A lot of older folks recall their parents and grandparents telling stories about the deadly “grippe” that many Mitchell County families suffered 100 years ago. One grandson remembers being told: “They said that some took sick and died in two or three days. It was...

The Mother of Little Switzerland ~ Nancy Buchanan

The Mother of Little Switzerland ~ Nancy Buchanan

Nancy M. DeWeese was born 2/2/1842 in Missouri, where her parents, Louis DeWeese and Rachel Matilda McKinney DeWeese, had moved.  Her father died when she was 5, and her mother took her and her two sisters, Jane Elizabeth (1837-1889) and Mary (1844-1929) back to North...