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The Ashe Historical Society’s Photo Digitization Project Needs Your Help

The Ashe County Historical Society is in the process of digitizing historical photos for future generations, but we need your...

The Ashe County Oral History Project brings voices from the past

In 1980, Clarice Weaver and other volunteers, working on behalf of the Ashe County Historical Society and Ashe Public Library,...

The Return of ‘This Week in Ashe County History’

Back by popular demand, our weekly feature 'This Week in Ashe County History' is now available on the homepage of...

Ashe County History Map Now Online

The Ashe County Historical Society is happy to announce the interactive history of Ashe County map is now available online....


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This Week in Ashe County History:

08-11-1880On this day, Nikard Bruce Smithey was born. Mr. Smithey was the founder of Smithey’s Stores and Restaurants, opening his first in Wilkesboro in 1906. A Smithey's restaurant was located on the backstreet of West Jefferson for many years.
08-16-1913On this date, ‘Big’ Jim Scott was born. Mr. Scott was over 7 feet tall.
08-16-1930G.B. Grayson, virtuosic fiddler and singer, and half of the Grayson and Whitter duo, was killed on this day. Grayson was riding on the running board of a car travelling from Damascus, Virginia that collided with a logging truck as it crossed the bridge over Laurel Creek. Grayson was born in Ashe County in 1887.