The March meeting of the Ashe County Historical Society will be held at 5:30 pm on Monday, March 10th. It will be in the Historical Society office in the 1904 Courthouse- the Museum of Ashe County History (MACH)- in Jefferson, North Carolina. Everyone interested in Ashe County and it’s history are invited and encouraged to attend.
On Monday, January 13, local author, historian and teacher Sam Shumate will be the featured speaker at an event sponsored by the Ashe County Historical Society. The location will be the Museum of Ashe County History (old courthouse) in Jefferson. His presentation will begin at six p.m. The public is invited, and there is no cost to attend.
Sam is the author of The Bridge Crew: Growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1940s and 50s; a Reader’s Digest feature article about local educator Oddie Cox; and several essays on Ashe County’s history. He worked at the Ore Knob mine in the summer of 1960 during a break in his college studies, and has interesting observations about local mining and the place in history of this mine.
We are currently working on several publishing projects:
1. The update of the Ashe County Cemetery Records book published in 1999. This will include new information on cemeteries not listed in the original, as well as additions, corrections, and updates covering 1999-2009.
2. A compilation of the Mountaineer Heritage books originally by the students of Northwest Ashe High School from 1970’s-1990’s. This will be a multiple volume set with complete indexes.
3. The architectural survey of Ashe County done in 2006 featuring 600+ architecturally significant homes in Ashe County.
4. The fourth in our Arcadia “Images” series focusing on the town of West Jefferson, its founding, businesses, services, events, importance, legacy, and people.
Anyone interested in helping with any of these projects contact us online, by phone, or come to one of our monthly meetings!
Ashe County Historical Society meets the second Monday in each month. The location is in the Museum of Ashe County History (the 1904 Courthouse building) in downtown Jefferson. The meeting starts at 5:30pm year-round. It will move along quickly and then we have guest speakers each month on various topics of interest. Come join us!