Spruce Pine, Bakersville, Kona, Blue Ridge Parkway
Along the Toe River Valley roads and hollers what you’ll see are sites that tell stories rich in heritage and folklore. Visit places like Dellinger’s Grist Mill in Bakersville, the only mill of its kind in North Carolina and on the Register of Historic Places. Watch Jack grind corn while telling stories about the mill, then take home fresh grits, cornmeal and polenta!
Relive the famous Frankie and Charlie Silver story…visit the museum and three gravesites (all for one man!)in Kona, telling the tale made famous by North Carolina author Sharyn McCrumb, telling the story of the Tragic 1831 Death of a Teen Couple in the North Carolina Mountains.
“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.
But this marker is not a tombstone. Three natural stones that could have been plucked from Celo Knob, hovering in the distance, have that distinction. Because Charlie Silver wasn’t buried all at once. There are many words that could be used to describe the Charlie and Frankie Silver story. Bizarre, gruesome and puzzling will do for starters. That Frankie killed Charlie one cold December night in 1831 in Kona, N.C. is not disputed. But beyond that it’s difficult to tell where truth ends and myth begins.”~ excerpt from Blue Ridge Country Magazine. Read more about this infamous story in the Blue Ridge Country magazine article.
Silver Family Museum at Kona Baptist Church
227 Kona Road
Bakersville, NC 28705-7021
Hours: 9am – 5pm
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Take a storytelling hayride at a historic apple orchard right on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Pick your own apples or take home a bag already handpicked for you. Enjoy live music, dancing, and even monarch butterflies during your orchard experience. Experience the Overmountain Victory Celebration where the Revolutionary War comes to life through candlelight storytelling tours of revolutionary campsites! All this and more awaits you in Mitchell County…