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Charlie Byrd’s Long Road Home

Charlie Byrd’s Long Road Home

At least three different versions of Charlie’s capture, escape, and eventful walk home from South Carolina during the Civil War have been gleaned from reliable local sources, including Harvey J. Miller.  None of those sources indicate why Charlie joined the Union Army...

Working In The Mines ~ Mitchell County to Vance County

Working In The Mines ~ Mitchell County to Vance County

This article features recollections of Gary Forbes of Mocksville, NC, the son of Paul and Elsie Burleson Forbes.  He was born in 1948 in Spruce Pine at Williams Clinic.   My earliest memories are of living in the Hamme Tungsten Queen Mine Camp in Vance County, NC,...

Roby Buchanan: Beyond Tiffany of the Hills

Roby Buchanan: Beyond Tiffany of the Hills

In the June 1958 issue of National Geographic, he was given the title of “Tiffany of the Hills.” Tiffany and Company began and continues as a fine jewelry distribution business in New York City. The real story, as you will see, makes that label a shallow substitute...

The Doctor is on Call – Dr. Kimberly Comes to Bakersville

The Doctor is on Call – Dr. Kimberly Comes to Bakersville

In March 1960, I was in the last quarter of general practice training at North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.  Dr. Arthur E. Gouge came to Baptist Hospital as a patient and also as a recruiter.  He was about 80 years old and had been “doctoring” in...

Kilmichael Tower and Little Switzerland

Kilmichael Tower and Little Switzerland

Judge Heriot Clarkson of Charlotte and his family were the developers of the resort community of Little Switzerland in 1910. The community between Grassy Mountain and Chestnut Ridge had been settled by several generations of hardy pioneers by the time Clarkson arrived...

Harvey Miller ~ The Sage of Pigeon Roost

Harvey Miller ~ The Sage of Pigeon Roost

Harvey James Miller was known to many as Harvey J., perhaps to differentiate him from another Harvey Miller that lived at the same time. He also was known as “the Man with a Thousand Stories;” however, the label “Sage,” given by Ashton Chapman, is more appropriate for...

The “Burleson” of “Burleson Hill”

The “Burleson” of “Burleson Hill”

  J.E. Burleson operated this mica house atop Burleson Hill, the location of the current Spruce Pine Town Cemetery. Burleson began opening mica mines in 1894 and ground mica beginning in the 1900s. He was the largest individual mica operator in the region. His...

Three Baptist Preachers

Three Baptist Preachers

Charles Arnold Carpenter was born 7/1/1898 and died 9/26/1980.  He was the son of Henry F. and Dona Willis Carpenter; his wife was Agnes Gunter, and they had 6 children.  Rev. Carpenter was pastor at Beaver Creek and Hall’s Chapel Baptist Churches.  He was...

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