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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:

06-21-1837On June 21st, 1837 snow fell in Jefferson. The weather had turned suddenly cold and residents of Jefferson were reported to be wearing heavy coats and gathering around the fire. This summer snowfall was so unusual that the story was published in New York City papers.
06-21-1896On this date, a angry mob prevented the first Episcopal church service in Ashe County. Bishop Joseph Blount Cheshire, of Raleigh, had traveled to Ashe County to conduct a service in a school building in Beaver Creek that had been leased for that purpose. However, as he wrote "I was assaulted and forcibly prevented from entering the building by a mod of between fifty and one hundred men which had been gotten together for the express purpose of prevention our service." This mob claimed that they did not like the Bishop's doctrine.
06-24-1894The Helton Woolen Mill, which had been operating in Helton for ten years, was struck by lightning. This lightning strike set off a fire that quickly burned the mill to the ground. Although two other historic mills still survive in Helton, this original woolen mill was completely destroyed.
06-27-1917On this day, Albert Hash was born. Hash was a well known luthier and fiddle player who lived in Lansing for many years. Hash began his playing career with Henry Whitter, a famous recording artist from the early 1920s who eventually moved to Healing Springs. After Whiter's death, Hash played in a number of local bands, including the Virginia-Carolina Boys and the Whitetop Mountain Band. Hash taught many local fiddlers how to play and his handmade fiddlers are still highly desirable.