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The Museum's purpose is to collect, preserve and display information, photographs and artifacts about people, events, and places that make up the history of Avery County, North Carolina and the surrounding Toe River Valley area. Our intent is to provide information to those seeking to learn more about our rich history, or their own local ancestral roots.
Memorabilia, family histories, books, interesting exhibits, genealogical research room, 1912 Avery County Jail, 1780s Smokehouse, 1917 Linville Depot, 1926 ET&WNC RR Caboose 505.
1829 Schultz Circle
Newland, NC 28657
The Avery County Historical Museum is housed in the old Avery County Jail, built in 1912 and set aside as a museum by the County Commissioners in 1976.
You are invited to visit the Museum not only to view the historical items on display but also to explore the research room. There are hundreds of books and papers to aid in research of family genealogies, places and subjects in Avery County & surrounding counties.
The Avery County Historical Museum, Depot, and ET & WNC Caboose 505 are staffed by volunteers, starting with the Board of Directors who make policy, raise money and see that the attractions are staffed and open for all to enjoy. We depend on an annual membership drive to help with operations of our attractions. Annual membership is $25/person; $50/family and $100/supporter. An application can be found on the "Forms" page and printed by pressing the button. Please fill out and mail to us along with your check.
We love having visitors, so feel free to visit during normal business hours. There is no charge. Donations are accepted.
10:00 am – 03:00 pm
Winter schedule is Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
After Easter, Tuesday-Saturday.