Frankie & Charlie Silvers Tour

It would be hard to imagine a place more tranquil than Kona.  The century-old Kona Baptist Church, a neatly painted, white wood-frame chapel sits poised on a grassy knoll.  Behind the church a small graveyard overlooks the mountain.  Among the graves are three markers—three graves for one man—-a man named Charlie Silver.  On December 22, 1831, twenty year old Charlie Silver was murdered by his young wife Frankie, who chopped his head with an ax.  She then dismembered his body and hid various parts in several nearby locations.  Frankie’s motives for the horrendous murder, and her subsequent execution by hanging are the subjects of a well known mountain ballad that lives on today, as well as a popular novel by Sharon McCrumb.  The church at Kona contains an impressive display of materials related to the saga of Charlie and Frankie Silver.

” As it runs north from its intersection with U.S. 19E, N.C. 80 snakes its way for about five miles through Mitchell and Yancey counties to approach the small, not-on-the-map community of Kona on the Mitchell County side. As you round the last curve before entering Kona you come upon the cemetery of the Kona Baptist Church. Walk up the gently sloping hill to the center of the graveyard and find a granite marker. CHARLES SILVER OCT 3 1812—DEC 22 1831, it reads.”

Silver Family Museum at Kona Baptist Church
227 Kona Road
Bakersville, NC 28705-7021
Hours: 9am – 5pm
Admission: Free
Handicap Accessible
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Read the Blue Ridge Country Magazine article about the Frankie and Charlie saga