Remember MCHS as We Head into 2021

As 2020 draws to a close, we ask that you consider making a donation to the Mitchell County Historical Society. 2020 has been a challenging year financially and we appreciate any assistance you can give. Donations are tax-deductible (contact your tax advisor for information). Also, consider joining us in our work to preserve Mitchell County’s heritage and history by becoming a member. MCHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Get A Gift for Yourself or Someone Else

We have a few sets of 9 Mitchell County Historic Sites Christmas Ornaments for only $75. Also, copies of Voices of the Valley, the celebration of Mitchell County’s 150th Anniversary, are available for $20 (in our office) or $25 (online, including shipping).


See Our Videos!

MCHS has a collection of videos of our programs and other events available online for all to see. They are cataloged by the year they were recorded. Stop in and learn some things you may not have known!


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

Image of the front cover of the Third Quarter MCHS NewsletterPlease 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.

Not a member? Join today!


The 2020
Christmas Ornament

Photo of the Good Will Free Library Christmas OrnamentThe 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.


The Corona Times

MCHS Documents the
Corona Virus Pandemic

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 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.

What’s New on the Site

Here are our latest posts about Mitchell County’s history. We welcome suggestions for topics. Please contact us to submit your ideas!


Interesting stories


Significant Individuals


Happenings of note


Unique locales in Mitchell County


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....

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Roan Mountain

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...

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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...

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These define Mitchell County


Making a living in Mitchell County

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events from the Mitchell County Historical Society. Click or tap on a date that is highlighted for information on what’s happening.

March 2021
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