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Welcome to Bakersville!

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Thank you for visiting with us. We hope that you will come and bring your family soon and browse our unique art galleries, spend a day or two touring nearby artists' studios, attend one of our area festivals or art events, do a little birding, bike along our scenic roads, catch some trout, take a day trip or longer to beautiful Roan Mountain, or just relax along our Creek Walk.

You might want to stay longer when you see our good schools, locally owned and operated restaurants, library, competitively priced real estate, and friendly people. Take a look around, we're pretty sure that you will want to take a look at the Town of Bakersville, North Carolina!

Bakersville Holiday Festivities

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Bakersville holiday festivities will begin with the Christmas Tour of Historic Mitchell County Sites (see below), followed by the Bakersville tree-lighting ceremony, on Saturday, November 25, at 6pm.

Following the tree lighting, there will be a free Christmas concert featuring Rhonda Gouge & Roan Mountain Rain, Jonah Mitchell and Carolina Express, the Crowder Brothers, and Sam McKinney at Bowman Middle School Auditorium. The show begins at 6:30pm.

The Bakersville Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, December 2, at 6pm. Participants will assemble at Gouge Elementary at 4:30.

For more information, contact Town Hall at 828-688-2113.

Christmas Tour of Historic Mitchell County Sites

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Last year’s Christmas Tour of Historic Mitchell County Homes was so successful that the Mitchell County Historical Society is having a 2017 Christmas Tour of Historic Mitchell County Sites! Saturday, November 25, from 10am to 4pm.

This year, you will visit historic buildings, in particular, Penland Post Office and the English Inn, the Historic Courthouse, the Greene Building, the Blevins Building and the Phin Peterson Store.

In Tandem GalleryAdvance tickets are available at our office, located in the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville. Advanced ticket prices are $20 for all 6 sites; $12 for 3 sites. Day of the event, ticket prices are $25 and $15, respectively. You can also purchase advance tickets online at

Busses will be organized through the Mitchell County Deptartment of Transportation, for an extra $5. When you buy your ticket, please indicate that you would like to take the bus tour. Meet the busses in front of the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville or in the parking lot of Ingles grocery store in Spruce Pine. You can, of course, drive yourself to each historic site.

For more information, contact the Mitchell County Historical Society at 828-688-4371.

Gingerbread House Contest

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Mitchell County Public Library invites you to participate in their 4th Annual Gingerbread House Contest.

How to enter: Bring your completed gingerbread house to the library between 9am and 5pm, Nov 27 through Dec 4.

Each house is to be built by the entrant and all parts but the base must be edible.

There will be two divisions: one for 12 & under, and one for adults.

Your creation will be on display at the library and voting will take place between Dec 4 - 15. Voting will be by the "penny vote" (each house entered will have a container). Each penny placed in the container is a vote for that house! The house with the most pennies wins a blue ribbon. Winners will be notified on Dec 15. Your creation can be picked up after the winner is announced to decorate your home for the holidays.

For more information, contact Mitchell County Public Library: 18 N Mitchell Ave, Bakersville, 828-688-2511.

In Tandem Gallery

In Tandem Gallery

Christmas is getting closer and giving you some hand-made options will hopefully make your shopping and gift giving easier. So In Tandem has put together a show of fantastic items that won't break your budget, making sure everything in the show is eighty dollars and under.

Visit the In Tandem website to see a full calendar of upcoming exhibits, featured artists, estate collections, and online galleries. Like them on Facebook:

 In Tandem Gallery is located at 20 N Mitchell Ave, in downtown Bakersville.For more information, contact owner-curator Silvia Ferrari-Palmer at 828-688-6428.

Mica Gallery

Mica GalleryOrnaments, hats, scarves, stocking stuffers, mugs for mulled cider are on-hand: the artists of Mica, a cooperative gallery of fine contemporary craft in downtown Bakersville, have been busy creating gorgeous and lovingly hand-crafted objects, perfect gifts to bring enjoyment and lift holiday spirits.

Mica GalleryAs a special treat, exclusively at this time of year, Mica invites fiber artists Liz Spear, Neal Howard and Deanna Lynch to showcase their collections of gorgeous, functional, wearables and accessories in time for dressing up for the holidays. Join them for a “trunk show” during the Toe River Arts Council Studio tour, daily December 1-3.

Mica is stocking new items daily: everything from affordable budvases, mugs, bowls, small fiber purses, and jewelry to luscious handwoven jackets and wraps to spectacular, one-of- a kind sculpture and wall pieces. Mica offers something for everyone looking for a unique and special way to celebrate the Solstice season through sharing a love of the handmade, the artful life, and local artwork.

Mica is located at 37 N Mitchell Ave, Bakersville, and is open daily: Mon-Sat: 10-5; Sun: Noon-5. Find them on the web: Like them on Facebook: Call: 828-688-6422.




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