New Mount Mitchell Book Project Underway May 10

Mount Mitchell has always been a majestic view from the Toe and Cane River valleys and the mountain has a varied and unique history. Two local residents, Jonathan Bennett and David Biddix, have undertaken a project to document that history in an upcoming book for Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America Series that will be released in 2015.

Work on the project is now beginning, and area residents are invited to stop by the Yancey County Public Library in Burnsville on Saturday, May 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with photos and stories about the mountain that they would like to share. A scanner will be available for the pictures, and anyone wanting to share a story can be videoed during the session.

A website for the project is available at with stories and photos being featured. A Facebook group is also available (Mount Mitchell History) and the project is on Twitter @MtMitchellBook.

The event is free and open to the public.

Jonathan Bennett is a National Park Ranger on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  He is a native and current resident of Burnsville.  Jonathan attended Wake Forest University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Archaeology.  He currently serves as the Blue Ridge Parkway's Parks as Classroom Coordinator for Northwest North Carolina.  He also serves as the Incident Commander for the Overmountain Victory Celebration, the largest special event held on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

David Biddix is an instructional technologist at Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, North Carolina, but he is a native and current resident of Spruce Pine. He is the co-author with Chris Hollifield of two other Images of America books: Spruce Pine in 2008 and Little Switzerland in 2010. The two also produced the documentary “This is the Place: Little Switzerland” in honor of the community’s 100th anniversary also in 2010. A local historian, David also serves as webmaster and contributor for the websites which serves as a supplement for the Spruce Pine book and which documents the history, heritage, and culture of Mitchell County.

If you have questions about the project or the May 10 event, please e-mail


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