The small towns in Mitchell and Yancey counties were known for minerals and mining until Harvey Littleton arrived and blew the doors off with his glasswork, turning the Toe River Valley into a hotbed for art.
Ava Gardner lit the world on fire with her breathtaking beauty and fiery spirit. She was raised as a farmer’s daughter near Smithfield. She transformed herself into a Hollywood starlet, a crooner’s wife, and a legacy. The world will never forget her. And we will never stop remembering — she was ours.