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Ashe County was founded in 1799 and was inhabited by Native Americans that included the tribes of Cherokee, Creek and Shawnee Indians. Broken pieces of pottery, arrowheads and various other artifacts have been found mostly in the Old Fields area of Ashe County, which validate these claims.

The Battle of the Big Glades is the one Revolutionary War skirmish that was fought in Ashe County. This battle took place in July 1780 and was a battle between Americans, led by Captain Robert Love and a force of about 150 British Loyalists who were on their way to Charlotte to join up with Lord Cornwallis, the British commander in the Southern colonies. The Americans won this battle.

Some of the prominent people who have either visited or were born in Ashe County, North Carolina include Monte Weaver, a famous baseball player. Weaver pitched for the Washington Senators and a World Series game in 1933. He was traded from the Senators and pitched for the Boston Red Sox before being called to duty for his country in WWII. Weaver passed away in 1994. During World War II, Helen Keller visited an Ashe County native, Marvin Osborne, who was wounded in France. In the 1940’s. Loretta Lynn sang at the Central Food Market in West Jefferson. A ceremony was held by the then President Bill Clinton and Vice-President Al Gore on the banks of the scenic New River to designate it as an American Heritage River. After the completion of the ceremony, both the President and Vice-President had lunch at the historic Glendale Springs Inn located in Ashe County. Unfortunately the Inn and restaurant had to close its doors the 31st, December 2008. The fiddle player G.B. Grayson was born in Ashe County in 1887.
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