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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...

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....


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This Week in Ashe County History:

07-27-1876On this date, Thomas Contee Bowie, otherwise known as Tam, was born. Bowie was born in Tensas Parish, Louisiana. His father had been a member of a prominent Southern planter class family, but died when Tam was very young. His mother, a direct descendant of Thomas Callaway, moved her young children from Arkansas to Glendale Springs, to live on land inherited from her grandfather. Bowie would go on to be a prominent local lawyer and Speaker of the House for the North Carolina General Assembly.
07-30-1998On this day, President Bill Clinton came to Ashe County to designate the New River as an American Heritage River. The New River is one of only 14 rivers in the United States to receive such a distinction. Both Clinton and Vice President Al Gore spoke at the ceremony held on the banks of the South Fork.