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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:

08-16-1913On this date, ‘Big’ Jim Scott was born. Mr. Scott was over 7 feet tall.
08-16-1930G.B. Grayson, virtuosic fiddler and singer, and half of the Grayson and Whitter duo, was killed on this day. Grayson was riding on the running board of a car travelling from Damascus, Virginia that collided with a logging truck as it crossed the bridge over Laurel Creek. Grayson was born in Ashe County in 1887.
08-18-1916On this date, Ola Belle Reed was born. Mrs. Reed was a singer and songwriter and namesake of the Ola Belle Reed Festival held in Lansing. She wrote songs popularized by other artists, like "I've Endured" and "High on a Mountain." For years Reed operated the New River Ranch in northeastern Maryland. The New River Ranch was a large bluegrass concert venue that was a favorite stop of professional bluegrass and country performers.