Mitchell County, North Carolina (Images of America Series)

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Nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina, Mitchell County was created in 1861 and was named for Dr. Elisha Mitchell, a University of North Carolina professor who died in 1857 while remeasuring the mountain that now bears his name. Although the appropriately named mountain lies in adjacent Yancey County, Mitchell County has no shortage of claims to fame; it is well known for the Clinchfield Railroad, the Carolina Theater, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Penland School, and the infamous Frankie and Charlie ...
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Overview


Nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina, Mitchell County was created in 1861 and was named for Dr. Elisha Mitchell, a University of North Carolina professor who died in 1857 while remeasuring the mountain that now bears his name. Although the appropriately named mountain lies in adjacent Yancey County, Mitchell County has no shortage of claims to fame; it is well known for the Clinchfield Railroad, the Carolina Theater, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Penland School, and the infamous Frankie and Charlie Silver murder case. There is also much more to Mitchell County than its best-known sites and figures. Mica and feldspar mining, the orchard at Altapass, churches, the Wing Academy, Bakersville, and Spruce Pine all have their own unique histories. Within the pages of this book are images of the famous and the ordinary, the routine and the remarkable, the lasting and the transitory. The photographs come from all over Mitchell County and celebrate the area's unique Appalachian culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738567112
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 2/9/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,422,604
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael C. Hardy is an author, photographer, and historian whose work focuses on the Appalachian region. He is the author of eight other books. This is his fourth book with Arcadia Publishing. A popular speaker for history associations, preservation groups, and museums, he lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Nathaniel and Isabella, in the mountains of western North Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 From the Roan to Gillespie Gap: Church and Community 11

2 Schoolhouse, Sports, and Students: Education 35

3 Footpaths, Ferries, and Iron Horses: Transportation 49

4 The Loved Ones at Home: Family and Friends 61

5 Decoration Days, Fires, and Festivals: Memorable Events 85

6 Hayfields, Stores, and Mica: Business and Industry 101

Bibliography 127

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Great book of images!

    If you're from this area or have family from this area, it's a great book to look through.

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