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:

06-18-1855On this day the first sample of ore from Ore Knob was sent to the State Assayers Office of Tennessee. When the mine was first discovered, it was hoped that it would produce iron ore. Original investors were disappointed to learn that it was adulterated with copper. After further tests and exploration, it was determined that the mine could be an efficient producer of copper, and by the 1870s it became the largest copper mine in the United State.
06-21-1837On June 21st, 1837 snow fell in Jefferson. The weather had turned suddenly cold and residents of Jefferson were reported to be wearing heavy coats and gathering around the fire. This summer snowfall was so unusual that the story was published in New York City papers.
06-21-1896On this date, a angry mob prevented the first Episcopal church service in Ashe County. Bishop Joseph Blount Cheshire, of Raleigh, had traveled to Ashe County to conduct a service in a school building in Beaver Creek that had been leased for that purpose. However, as he wrote "I was assaulted and forcibly prevented from entering the building by a mod of between fifty and one hundred men which had been gotten together for the express purpose of prevention our service." This mob claimed that they did not like the Bishop's doctrine.