Mitchell County is named for Elisha Mitchell, who was a professor at the University of North Carolina and who measured the height of Mount Mitchell.
Created: February 16, 1861
Calhoun 1861 – 1866
Bakersville 1866 – present
County Courthouse – Bakersville
Location: 328 Longview Drive / Highway 261
Built: 1998 – 2000
Style: Modern Colonial Revival
Architect: Besson, Lusk & Street Inc. of Johnson City, Tennessee
Contractor: Crossley Construction
Description: The building faces southeast and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds to the southwest of the center of the city. The southeast front has a large portico with four columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. There is a semi-circular balcony on the second story. On the center of the roof is a high white colored cupola.
Old County Courthouse – Bakersville
Location: NE – North Mitchell Avenue / Crimson Laurel Way
Built: 1907 – 1908
Architect: H L Lewman of Louisville, Kentucky
Contractor: Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky
Description: The building faces southeast and is a two story white colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The southeast front has a central entrance with small wrought iron balcony above on the second story. At the roof line is a wide pediment. The corners of the building are hexagonal. On the center of the roof is a square tiered cupola.
See: The contractor Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky.
E – Avery County
S – McDowell County
W – Yancey County
Old County Courthouse
View over city from County Courthouse
Photos taken 2012 and 2014