What's New at the the Ashe Historical Society

Digital Downloads Now Available

Given the difficulty and expense of republishing our popular family history books, the Heritage of Ashe County, we have opted...

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...


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This Week in Ashe County History:

07-15-1900Jefferson Presbyterian Church was founded. This church originally occupied the building on Main Street, just southeast of the Old Courthouse.
07-16-1874After a public speaking cermony in Flint Hill, a drunken fight erupted between H.C Baker and James Ray. The two got in a heated argument and H.C. Baker stabbed James Ray five times. Ray died from his injuries; newspapers at the time declared "liquor was the cause of it all."
07-16-1916On this day over 10 inches of rain fell on Ashe County causing one of the worst floods ever recorded in the area. During the prior week several inches of rain had fallen, saturating the ground. Although Ashe County received a astounding 10 inches of rain, over 20 inches fell on Grandfather Mountain in a 24 hour period.