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Ashe County’s Golden Age of Baseball

Baseball has been present in Ashe County for well over 100 years, typically as an informal weekend pastime. In the...

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:

07-05-1828Elisha 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.
07-09-1938On this day, W. M. Miller bought the Clark-Miller Roller Mill after his partner, Ambrose Clark passed away. Clark had served as Ashe County's sheriff in the early 1900s and was the man who arrested Will Banks. The mill was closed permanently after the flood of 1940 washed away part of the mill’s dam, however, the original mill building still stands just outside Lansing on Little Horse Creek Road.