Bakersville’s Uncle Sam: A Tribute

Bakersville’s Uncle Sam: A Tribute

Samuel Silver was born near Micaville, NC in March 1854 to an unknown enslaved mother belonging to Green B. Silver. In 1860, Silver had 9 enslaved people including 5 children ages 2 months to 10 years. At that time there were 21 enslaved people of African descent...
Let Me Call You Sweetheart

Let Me Call You Sweetheart

For a Valentine’s Day week Looking Back, the Mitchell County Historical Society made an appropriate selection from its collection of digitized photographs.  The young man with his shined-up car and his best girl is Edd Ray Burleson (1915-1983), while his adoring...
John Graves Heap: Union Operative?

John Graves Heap: Union Operative?

John Graves Heap and his business partner Elisha Bogue Clapp are credited with bringing large-scale mica mining operations to the Toe River Valley. They came here with their families in 1870 and within a few years owned and managed over a dozen mines that employed...

Sam Whitson

Samuel Whitson was born April 30,1865 on Whitson Branch in the Red Hill community of Mitchell Count/y, the son of Matilda Garland Whitson.  Matilda’s husband John had died in 1862; Samuel’s father was Sam McInturff, who was killed by Union raiders before his son’s...
Spanning The Toe

Spanning The Toe

This downtown landmark, labeled the “bottleneck bridge”, was built in 1922. At that time, it was the intersection of NC 226 and US 19E, as the Minpro bypass had not yet been built. Traffic congestion was a nightmare at times, not only because of the large number of...
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