Coming Soon…

NEW from Lonnie Jones and Star Route Books:

Stories I Grew Up With is an autobiographical collection by Ashe County native, Lonnie Jones, who relates stories told by his parents and of his own years spent growing up in the mountains of North Carolina and Virginia.

In this edition, Lonnie has included a very special series of poems by his granddaughter, Maci Jones, who is inspired by her grandfather’s stories.

Softcover, 190 pgs., Crown Quarto Format: 7.44” x 9.68″ Order at

from the Museum of Ashe County History

Hot off the press, courtesy of Star Route Books!

The gift shop at the Museum of Ashe County History has recently received copies of the Ashe County Historical Society’s newest publication: Architectural Survey of Ashe County, North Carolina.

In the early 1970s, the State of North Carolina, through the Office of Archives and History began promoting Architectural Surveys across the state in cooperation with the National Park Service. Later on, an effort to complete an Ashe County survey was started in the late 1990s. The final report was 110 pages long, and contained a detailed history of Ashe County and its various communities and towns. This report included as much information as was available for 590 properties, and features photographs, descriptions of architectural features, and brief histories of the buildings.

In 2018, several members of the Ashe County Historical Society started working to publish the final report so that the public could obtain a copy of this useful research. This book is the result of that effort!

Swing by and pick up your copy this week! The gift shop is open during regular Museum hours, 10-4. For more information, give them a call at (336) 846-1904. Or, order online, at

Alleghany Images Published

Alleghany Images, a selection of photographs from the digital archive of the Alleghany Historical Museum, a project of the Alleghany Historical – Genealogical Society in Sparta, NC.

160 pages
Hardcover, 11 x 8.5″
To benefit the Historical Museum. For more information on the museum project, visit:

Order now at or call 336-372-3002.

The Halsey Ferry at Mouth of Wilson. This beautiful photo belongs to Bill Irwin.

Please help spread the word!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Hillbilly Comedy and Variety Show has been canceled.
Help support Alleghany Planning Committee in their efforts to provide assistance to low income families in our area.
Donations are tax deductible.


New from Star Route Books, the new edition of the Halsey Family Genealogy written by Rufus Clinton Halsey in 1980 featuring over 10,000 individuals with over 750 surnames!
465 pages 8.5″x11″
Soft Cover,
Spiral Bound with an updated, easy-to-read, typeset index.
ISBN 978-0-9882647-9-3