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Tough Times for Everyone
In the months since the Corona virus reached the U.S. shores, we have seen unprecedented changes in our society. Lives have been lost. Families have had to deal with changes in jobs and giving care to those in need. Traditional institutions like church and school have had to adjust how they operate. Events have been postponed or cancelled. There has been no segment of our society that has not been profoundly impacted by the virus.
We here at the Mitchell County Historical Society have been greatly impacted by COVID-19. Our annual speaker’s series, normally held from April through September, has been cancelled. Our annual Apple Butter Festival set for each October in Bakersville, has been postponed until 2021. The annual Mitchell County History Bee which gives our county students the opportunity to learn about local history has had to be postponed. Finally, our chance to get out in the community and meet people has been curtailed.
MCHS depends on memberships in our organization, our events, sales through our online store, and financial donations to keep our office in the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse staffed and open along with our museum in the McBee Building next door. This financial support also allows us to assist with genealogy and history searches, award the Inez McRae Memorial Scholarship to a deserving student each year, work on special projects such as the Penland Cemetery preservation, development of content for our website, and support of our general work to preserve the history and heritage of Mitchell County.
We know these are tough times, but if you can become a member of MCHS or give a donation, it will be greatly appreciated. Your financial support will help us continue to preserve and share the interesting stories about the people, places, and events that make our county special.
Membership funds go to our general operations. Donations can be specified for particular categories and can be made in any amount. Select from the buttons below to contribute. MCHS is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Please consult with your tax preparation specialist for advice on this.
Finally, thank you for your interest in Mitchell County, your comments and engagement through e-mail and social media, and for your financial support for our organization.
MCHS Membership & Newsletter
Please consider becoming a member of the Mitchell County Historical Society.
Discounts on merchandise purchased from the MCHS store are but one of the many goodies for members of MCHS. Here is a preview of the newsletter members receive, the Quarterly Review. Download a copy (PDF file – opens with the free Adobe Reader software) and see what members will be receiving beginning in the new year. Plus, you will get advance notice (and input) on our presentation series, opportunities to volunteer to help preserve our history, and access to online resources to research topics and genealogy in our office located in the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse.
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Donate to MCHS
The Mitchell County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which means your donations are tex-deductible under the limitations of tax law. Your contributions help us continue our work.
Please consider making an online donation by clicking the button below.
The 2020 Mitchell County Historical Society Christmas Ornament honors the Good Will Free Library, constructed by Dr. Charles H. Wing who retired to Mitchell County after a distinguished academic career. He made it his mission to bring education to residents, providing vocational training and opening a library filled with many of his own books that he loaned throughout the county. It was during its time the largest public library in North Carolina.
Enjoy our podcast and blog entries as we celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Overmountain Men and their journey to the Battle of Kings Mountain.
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The History & Heritage of
Mitchell County, NC
The Mitchell County Historical Society is committed to the preservation of the history, heritage, and culture of Mitchell County, North Carolina. We hope you enjoy your visit and stop by often for updated stories, photos, and videos.
Penland Cemetery Project
MCHS is seeking help with an important project we have undertaken. The historic Penland Cemetery in Bakersville has suffered from years of neglect, with vandals overturning tombstones and the plot becoming grown-over with trees and underbrush. We have begun efforts to repair the road to the cemetery and restore it so visitors and researchers have easy access. Learn more about the Penland Cemetery project and how you can help..
The beautiful Rhododendron flower is celebrated worldwide. These celebrations include festivals in Port Logan, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Muroji, Japan; Taranaki, a bit south...
David Crockett described the flood of the Nolichucky in 1791 as “the second epistle to Noah’s fresh.” Most likely, since the Toe River feeds the Nolichucky and Cane Creek feeds...
This Mitchell County community in southern Mitchell County lies along Brushy Creek. The name comes from an Indian Princess who fell in love with a brave from a rival tribe....
Nathan Garland was born in Bakersville on January 15, 1857. He was the son of Stephen Garland and Elizabeth Forbes. Nathan married Cordelia “Celia” Hopson in 1879. Nathan and...
Recently discovered in the news clippings collection at the office of Mitchell County Historical Society was this photo from the Tri-County News of 2/28/1974. The family was...
Happenings of note
In July of 1946, the Spruce Pine Chapter of the American Business Club dedicated the Spruce Pine Club House. According to the Asheville Citizen Times “The clubhouse with its...
The first large bell in Bakersville is the one in the Historic Courthouse today, which, we are told, was the one that rang from the belfry of the first Mitchell County Courthouse...
Unique locales in Mitchell County
Mitchell County’s most famous mountain straddles the Tennessee border at an elevation of 6,200 feet above sea level. It was probably named for its roan color when seen from a...
This world-renown community in southern Mitchell County, is famous for it’s School of Handicrafts. At an elevation of 2,462 feet, it was named for Milton Penland, pioneer settler...
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...
These define Mitchell County
Ruby Juanita Sisk was born December 18, 1898 in Franklin, North Carolina to Ray Dean and Emma Lou Guy Sisk. Her father was a successful attorney, state senator, and highly...
Helen McBee was born 1/10/1909 in Los Angeles, CA to John Calhoun and Margaret Chambers Thomas McBee. Her father served in Company B of the 16th Infantry and had spent most of...
Mitchell County was well represented at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1933. Miss Lucy Morgan of Penland unveiled the “Carolina Cabin” at the event that showcased the handicrafts,...
Making a living in Mitchell County
Two of the oldest stores in Spruce Pine shared an intertwined history during their existence. Robert Shell (R.S.) along with his wife Annie McCall opened his first store in 1914,...
The structure known as the Gunter Building, on the corner of Oak Avenue and Topaz Street, was erected about 1941; Spruce Pine was in the midst of a commercial boom based on the...
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