History

Building the “Scenic”

Building the “Scenic”

On November 16, 1933, the Blue Ridge Parkway project received approval from Congress. After much debate in Washington, the Virginia – North Carolina route won out, completely leaving out the state of Tennessee. Had the Tennessee route been included, the road would...

Singing School at McKinney Cove Baptist Church

Singing School at McKinney Cove Baptist Church

Singing Schools such as the one pictured here at McKinney Cove Baptist Church were once common in the Appalachian South.   Churches often could not afford or did not approve of musical instruments as part of worship, so the congregation learned to sing a cappella. ...

Mitchell County’s World War I Deaths

Mitchell County’s World War I Deaths

Mitchell County was fortunate to have lost only four soldiers in what has been called the “Great War” or the “War to End All Wars.” However, the memory of those four young men is a reminder of the tragic loss of life suffered across the state and nation. It also...

The Man Behind Spruce Pine’s Logo

The Man Behind Spruce Pine’s Logo

Jim Jones had no idea that the photograph which appeared on the front page of the December 26, 1946 Tri-County Newswould later become the iconic symbol for the Town of Spruce Pine. The tree graced the yard of the English Inn, and Mrs. Isaac English encouraged that it...

Harris High Senior Trip 1952

Harris High Senior Trip 1952

The May 1, 1952, issue of the Tri-County Newsreported on the 4-day visit the Senior Class of Harris High School in Spruce Pine made in April to Washington, D.C.  The highlight of the trip to the nation’s capital, they said, was visiting Clyde R. Hoey, US Senator from...

The Mountain Springhouse – An Absolute Necessity

The Mountain Springhouse – An Absolute Necessity

Before the days when water was piped into homes, mountain folks were often able to take advantage of fresh water running down the mountainside or bubbling up from the earth.  A section of running water might be diverted into a channel lined with rocks; it was cleared...

The Story of the Spruce Pine Depots

The Story of the Spruce Pine Depots

With all the excitement of the exterior renovation of the Spruce Pine Depot, we thought we would take a look back at the history behind the two depots that have existed in Spruce Pine. The South & Western Railroad, the forerunner of the Clinchfield Railroad,...

Hernando DeSoto Visited Mitchell County in May of 1540

Hernando DeSoto Visited Mitchell County in May of 1540

Hernando De Soto is believed to have been the first European to have traveled into the interior of what is now the United States. Seeking gold, his journey began in Florida in 1539 with over 600 men, 200 horses, many dogs, and several hundred pigs. In 1540 he came...

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