Bakersville, the Mitchell County Seat, serves as the gateway to Roan Mountain.  At a population of around 450 residents, Bakersville is one of the smallest-sized county seats in North Carolina.

Bakersville is named after David Baker, a Revolutionary War soldier who settled nearby.  Baker died in 1838; however, his ancestors remained in the area.  The community was first recognized as a town in 1857.  It was briefly named Davis in the 1860s - presumably after Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  The town name returned to Bakersville in 1868 and incorporated two years later.

The historic Mitchell County Courthouse

When you drive into Bakersville, it is hard not to miss the historic Mitchell County Courthouse.  Built in 1908, the courthouse served Mithcell County until 2003, when a new courthouse was constructed outside of Bakersville's Downtown.  Following a community effort to restore the courthouse, it currently holds the Mitchell County Board of Elections, the Mitchell County Historical Society, and the Rural Education Partnership.  The two-story courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Mitchell Street in Bakersville.

Downtown Bakersville is home to several art galleries, antique shops, and boutique stores.  Every June since 1946, Bakersville hosts the North Carolina Rhododendron Festival.  The two-day event that includes a pageant, 10k run, craft show, live music, and more attracts thousands to the community.

All photos taken by post author - March 29, 2024.

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