McDowell County Oral History

I remember several years ago, I had the opportunity to go on a “field trip” with Mrs. Nina Greenlee to the Old Greenlee Cemetary which was actually located near my home.  What an honor to listen as she told story after story of McDowell County and its rich history.

In memory of Mrs. Greenlee and Mrs. Binkie Adams, two of the most knowledgable historians of the county the McDowell County Oral History site carries on their legacy. Celebrating and dedicated to letting future generations to know about their county’s place in history.

One of my cherished videos on the site is that of Mr. Willard Burgin, a 94 year old cousin, who discusses his life growing up in the Crook Creek Community of Old Fort.

Other sections include history of the Carson House, Arts & Crafts, Gold Mining, Donald Anderson Farm and Flood of 1916.

Take a look to discover all the interesting history of your neighbors.