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About Bakersville

Founded in the mid 1800's, and incorporated in 1870, our town is noted for its history and picturesque beauty. Bakersville offers abundant outdoor recreation, an enjoyable and relaxed lifestyle, a temperate climate and a supportive community.

Town Board

The Town of Bakersville is the county seat and has served as the center of government since 1868. Bakersville has a mayor and three councilmen.

Bakersville's Town Council meets the last Monday of each month at the Bakersville Town Hall at 6:30pm. For more information, call the Town Hall at 828-688-2113.

Mitchell County Government Agencies [website]

Mitchell County Ordinances are available here.

  • Administration Office 828-688-2139
    • County Manager Ext. 311
    • Clerk to the Board Ext. 312
    • Finance Office Ext. 325
  • Board of Elections 828-688-3101
  • Communications 828-688-9110
  • Cooperative Extension Center 828-688-4811
  • Department of Inspections 828-688-4771
  • Department of Social Services 828-688-2175
  • Emergency Management (Non Emergency) 828-688-2013
  • Mitchell County Courthouse 828-688-2161
  • Parks & Recreations 828-688-5901
  • Register of Deeds 828-688-2139 (Ext. 320 & 321)
  • Sanitation Department 828-765-1160
  • Senior Citizen’s Center 828-688-3019
  • Sheriff’s Department 828-688-3982
  • Tax Office 828-688-2139
    • Collector Ext. 317 or 319
    • Assessor Ext. 315
    • Land Records Ext. 329
  • Transportation Department 828-688-4715
  • Veteran’s Office 828-688-2200

Mitchell County Commissioners

  • Vern Grindstaff, Chair
  • Keith Holtsclaw, Vice Chair
  • Ken Hollifield
  • Danny Burleson
  • Jacob Willis

The Mitchell County Commissioners meet at 6pm the first Monday of each month at the County Administration Building in Bakersville and meeting agendas are available here. For information, call the Administration Office at 828-688-2139.


  • Population: 464
  • Median age: 45.8


  • Sales Tax Rate: 6.75%
  • County Property Tax Rate: .53% per $100 property valuation
  • Town Property Tax Rate: .49% per $100 property valuation
  • Median Household Income: $17,280


The Town of Bakersville provides the following services:

  • Water
  • Police Protection
  • Garbage Pick-up
  • Street Maintenance/Snow Removal
  • Streetlights

Climate & Geography

  • Located in Mitchell County, on US Highway 226, approximately a one hour drive from Asheville, Boone, or Johnson City, TN
  • Area: .8 square miles
  • Elevation: Bakersville - 2,460 ft; county elevation ranges from 1,700 to 6,313 feet, with an average elevation of 3,000 feet
  • Nearby rivers and lakes: Toe River, South Toe River, Cane Creek
  • Average year-round temperature: 52 degrees

K-12 Education

Mitchell County Schools: Chad Calhoun, Superintendent
Board of Education: Angie Burleson, Gary Moore, Kathy Young, Sam Blevins, Sherry Bell

Area Colleges

Historic Mitchell County Courthouse

Historic Mitchell County Courthouse

Creek Walk

Bakersville Creek Walk
along Cane Creek

View from Historic Bakersville Cemetery

View from Historic Bakersville Cemetery

NC Senator Joe Sam Queen with 2009 Rhododendren Queens

NC Senator Joe Sam Queen with
2009 Rhododendren Queens

Dot's Coffee Shop

Shane Mickey Pottery

Dot's Coffee Shop

Mica Gallery

Walking Map of Bakersville

Walking Map of Bakersville
[click on image above to open full-sized, printable, pdf version]

© 2008 B.I.G.
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 Census Data