About Mitchell County

Buladean

Buladean

Magnetic City and Wilder’s Forge were the original names of this community on Big Rock Creek in northern Mitchell County. The name Magnetic City comes from the story that when the survey lines were being conducted for the boundary of North Carolina and Tennessee, the...

Wing

Wing

This community on Snow Creek, was named for Professor Charles Hallet Wing who settled in the area in 1887. Professor Wing had taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and established in the community a lending library of some 15,000 books. This was the...

Pigeon Roost

The simple name of this community on Pigeon Roost Creek in northern Mitchell County, comes from the large number of carrier pigeons, now extinct, that once roosted in the area.

Fox Hunters on the Roan

Fox Hunters on the Roan

The July 21, 1955 edition of the Tri-County News featured this photo taken in 1905 at Roan Mountain in front of the bowling alley of the old Cloudland Hotel. These fox hunters are posing with their dogs. They are (left to right): Reverend Molt Buchanan, Bergin Gouge,...

Decoration at Old Town Cemetery in Bakersville

Decoration at Old Town Cemetery in Bakersville

Soon after the Civil War, Decoration Day began to be observed in many cemeteries around the Mountain South.  Southerners often claim the custom was copied in the North and became our national holiday, Memorial Day.  Generally held in the summer, Decoration Day...

Dr. Arthur E. Gouge and the 807th Pioneer Infantry

Dr. Arthur E. Gouge and the 807th Pioneer Infantry

Many remember him or have heard stories about him as a kind and caring physician who in the early years rode a horse to homes for patient care and lived in a beautiful white house in Bakersville beside his office. Remembered most likely also that he was married to...

Some Still Remember Doctor Peterson

Some Still Remember Doctor Peterson

Charles Augustus Peterson was born in Relief 10/01/1882 to Solomon Peterson and his second wife, Julia Edwards. He had 10 brothers and sisters. Charles attended Bowman Academy in Bakersville and taught school for a couple of years in Poplar. However, he wanted to be a...

A Tribute to Mrs. Ruby Wiseman Deyton

A Tribute to Mrs. Ruby Wiseman Deyton

A great deal of gratitude is owed to the older generations of local residents who collected artifacts that would otherwise be long gone today. Having pictures of one’s family, significant buildings, or events in the community were and are still treasured possessions....

Buster Brown Comes To Town!

Buster Brown Comes To Town!

Turning out when a celebrity visits town has always been commonplace, and when Buster Brown and his dog Tige stopped by the new Spruce Pine Store building in the 1920s, the whole town turned out to say hello. “I’m Buster Brown, and I live in a shoe. That’s my dog,...

The Glen Ayre Rambler – Wayne Ledford

The Glen Ayre Rambler – Wayne Ledford

This article courtesy of Blue Ridge Natural Heritage Area  www.blueridgeheritage.com/traditional-artist-directory/wayne-ledford Wayne Ledford was born into a musical family in the Little Rock Creek community of Mitchell County, and he has been playing for more than 75...

Sheriff George K Pritchard – A Colorful Character!

Sheriff George K Pritchard – A Colorful Character!

  Mitchell County has had 21 men serve as Sheriff. In 1861 the first was Jackson Stewart, the brother of Frankie Stewart Silver; since then many interesting stories have been told and many more are most likely out there to be collected. One of the most colorful...

Catching The Train

Catching The Train

Catching the Clinchfield as it wound its way northbound up the mountains, or southbound to the piedmont was an easy task when passenger service was common. The railroad, which ran from coalfields of Elkhorn City, Kentucky to the textile mills of upstate South...

The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918

The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918

A lot of older folks recall their parents and grandparents telling stories about the deadly “grip” that many Mitchell County families suffered 100 years ago. “They said that some took sick and died in two or three days. It was pretty bad.” Little did they know that...

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...

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