Armistice Day

Armistice Day

The First World War, which began in Europe in 1914 and was joined by the US in 1917, ended in 1918 with a “cessation of hostilities” or an armistice.  The armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiegne, France, to take effect at the 11thhour of the...
The United Community Bank Ghost

The United Community Bank Ghost

Several Bakersville United Community Bank staff and one customer told a member of the Historical Society that they had seen a ghostly figure on several separate occasions in the lobby and vault area of the bank. Often beginning with: “You may think I’m crazy, but…”...
Getting to the Roan was an Adventure

Getting to the Roan was an Adventure

Before the 1940’s, those who wanted to go to the top of the Roan Mountain from Bakersville had to travel by horse or buggy – or up an old post road for those brave enough with their cars. In 1939, a public road was constructed from Bakersville to the top of the...
November 2018 Bells of Peace

November 2018 Bells of Peace

The Mitchell County Historical Society in collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is participating in the national program “Bells of Peace.” This is a call to citizens and organizations across the nation to toll bells in...
The Sam Silver Family

The Sam Silver Family

Pictured here are Samuel Washington Silver (1884-1949) and Mamie J. Pendley (1882-1956), with their younger children.  Sam Sr. is holding Samuel Washington Silver, Jr. (1920-1998), while Mary Irene (1913-1979) and Myrtle Melvina (1909-2000) are seated to Mamie’s...
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