What's New at the the Ashe Historical Society

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....

Jefferson: A Pictorial History Now Available

Just in time for Christmas, we are happy to announce that Jefferson: A Pictorial History is now available for purchase....


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This Week in Ashe County History:

01-25-1982On this day, The “Nashville Flame,” otherwise known as Johnny Sands, was lowered into the Ore Knob Mine to search for bodies. Sands, along with Sheriff Eugene Goss, were investigating an unsolved murder and were told that the missing body in the crime had been thrown in the bottom of the abandoned Ore Knob mine shaft. Upon reaching the bottom they discovered the bodies of two victims: Lonnie Gamboa and Tommy Forrester. Both men had belonged to a drug dealing gang and had been murdered by other members of their criminal organization.