The Avery County Bicentennial Commission was created in 1974 by the Avery County Commissioners to carry out the American Revolution Bicentennial objectives Heritage, Festivals, and Horizons. For Festivals, the Bicentennial Commission concentrated on a crafts fair and re-enactment of a Revolutionary event. Since the commission could not restore the oldest building in Avery County located in Cranberry, the Avery County Commissioners gave the Bicentennial Commission the old Avery County Jail to house artifacts and genealogies and to celebrate those who have served our country from Avery County.
Established by the Avery County Bicentennial Committee in 1976, the Avery County Museum is housed in the original county jail, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Several of the founders of the museum, Emma Sloop Fink, Helen Jenkins, Martha Pyatte and Gurney Franklin have now become part of the history themselves. Descendants of early Avery County citizens are maintaining and expanding the museum as well as taking on the task of collecting and preserving Avery County's History.
Avery County is the 100th and last county formed in North Carolina. The county was formed in 1911 from parts of Caldwell, Mitchell, and Watauga Counties. Avery County was named for Colonel Waightstill Avery of Morganton, NC. Colonel Avery served in the Revolutionary War from 1779-1781. He became the first Attorney General of North Carolina after the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Our county seat is Newland, the highest county seat in eastern America at 3,589 feet in elevation .
Avery County Local Government: www.averycountync.gov
Avery County Manager: 828-733-8201 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Avery County Sheriff's Office: 828-733-2071 or email@example.com
Town of Newland: 828-733-2023 or www.townofnewland.org
For emergency police, fire, or ambulance, dial 911
For non-emergency calls, dial local area police department:
Avery County Sheriff: 828-733-5855
Newland Police: 828-733-2023
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System: 828-737-7000 or www.apprhs.org/cmh