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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:

06-30-1936ON this day the Blue Ridge Parkway was officially dedicated as part of the National Parks Service.
07-01-1941On this date, Gwyn Price was appointed the first chairman of the Rural Electrification Authority (REA). Price, along with other prominent Ashe County residents, had been working for several years prior to bring electricity to all of Ashe County.
07-03-1987On this day, The first Christmas in July Festival was held in West Jefferson. Although the festival now centers around crafts and live music, the original festival was designed to promote the county's Christmas tree industry.
07-04-1939Helton native Monte Weaver plays his final major league baseball game. Weaver began his professional career with the Washington Senators, but was later traded to the Red Sox. His final game, played in 1939, was against the Philadelphia Athletics. Weaver pitched for one inning. The Red Sox won the game 18-12.
07-05-1828Elisha Mitchell arrives in Jefferson. Mitchell, a famous geologist, came to the mountains to examine rock formations and identify predominate rock and mineral types. He stayed in Jefferson for about a week, during which time, he made forays into other areas of the county. It was from the top of Mount Jefferson that Mitchell first spied Grandfather Mountain, which he would later climb. Mitchell was died in a fall during a mountain climbing expedition. The highest peak east of the Mississippi, Mount Mitchell, is named for him.