Places

Toecane

Toecane

This central Mitchell County community is located at the junction of the North Toe River and Cane Creek. At an elevation of 2,058 feet, it was once a major stop on the Clinchfield Railroad line. Many goods that came into the county by train were unloaded at the...

Kalmia

Kalmia

Located in southeastern Mitchell County, Kalmia is named for the shrub that is commonly known as mountain laurel. Kalmia grows naturally in the area and was named for named after the Finnish botanist Pehr Kalm, who collected it in eastern North America during the 18th...

Altapass

Altapass

When the Clinchfield Railroad mades it way through the Roses Creek Community in the early 1900’s, the Holston Corporation established a grand hotel with a golf course and other luxurious amenities for those wanting to escape the heat of the low country for the cool...

Baptism at Pigeon Roost

Baptism at Pigeon Roost

Baptisms in a creek or river were once the rule rather than the exception for Appalachian Christians. Even if they hadn’t believed immersion in an outside body of water was appropriate, it was some time before indoor plumbing would have made a baptistery inside a...

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. ...

May Reminds Us of Aunt Bettie Ann Greene

May Reminds Us of Aunt Bettie Ann Greene

In March 1884, the Rev Stephen Morgan Collis conducted the marriage of Rev Stephen Morgan Greene to Elizabeth Ann Buchanan. Both had lost their first marriage partners. Aunt Betty Ann, as she was known affectionately, loved flowers, but on the limited budget of a...

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,...

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