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Mount Mitchell Celebrates 100 Years

In 1915, the Mount Mitchell State Park was established by the North Carolina Legislature as the first North Carolina State Park, thereby establishing the North Carolina State Park System. Mount Mitchell towers over all other peaks east of the Mississippi River at an elevation of 6,684 feet.

Mount Mitchell

Mount Mitchell State Park

At this year’s Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair, which celebrates its 59th Anniversary, there will be a special event honoring Mount Mitchell’s 100th Anniversary. The festivity will take place on Friday, August 7 at 10:45am on the Burnsville Town Square. The community will welcome special guests including a visit from legendary mountain tracker and guide, Big Tom Wilson (portrayed by David Boone). Additionally there will be:

  • The reading of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory’s proclamation recognizing August 7, 2015 as a “Mount Mitchell 100th Anniversary” in North Carolina.
  • A special visit from North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson, who will be reading a poem to celebrate Mount Mitchell’s centennial anniversary.
  • The presentation of Mount Mitchell commemorative jugs created by Yancey County’s own Pete McWhirter.

    Mount Mitchell Jug

    Mount Mitchell Commemorative Jug by Pete McWhirter

If you have an interest in visiting the Mount Mitchell State Park, visit for more information.


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