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Welcome to the
Bringing the past
Into the present
For the future
Swain County was formed in 1871 from
Jackson (formed in 1851 from Haywood and Macon) and Macon Counties. The
area covered by Swain County was once Macon County, formed in 1828 from Indian
Lands. The county was named in honor of former governor and
University of NC president David Lowry Swain. The first court was held at
Cold Spring Meeting House, and commissioners were assigned to lay out a town to
be called Charleston and to select a site for the courthouse. In 1889 this
town was renamed Bryson City (the present day county seat) in honor of Colonel
Thad Dillard Bryson. In 1876, the Qualla Boundary Reservation of the Eastern
Band of the Cherokee was established, part of it being in Swain County. In
1934, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established, with part of it
also in Swain County, Then in 1941 construction of Fontana Dam was
authorized by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Today the national park, the
reservation, and the TVA occupy about 280,000 acres of present day Swain County.
The Swain County
meets on the first Thursday
of each month.
See new meeting place
following the meeting announcement.
December 7, 2017
It's time for our
annual Holiday Auction!
join us on December 7 at the Swain County Genealogical and
Historical Society Holiday Party and Silent Auction for an evening
of music, fun, and holiday shopping. Among the Silent Auction items
to date are: a Cataloochee Ski Package for 2, an
Ancestry World Explorer Membership with DNA kit, a My Heritage
Membership, a My Heritage DNA Kit, Whitewater LTD rafting tickets
for 2, a subscription to the Smoky Mountain Times,
Fire-truck Birthday Party for 20, Bob Plott's Strike and
Stay--The Story of the Plott Hound, a Subscription to Smoky
Mountain Living, a Swain County Heritage Book, Duane Oliver's
Remembered Lives, 2
Mountain Layers t-shirts, a beautiful
Hand knitted wrap, Terrell Gerren's The Fifth Skull, a
Northshore T-shirt, a Certificate for 5 dozen fresh local free range
eggs, a framed cross stitch wall hanging, 1997 Renewal Basket, an
oil change with Performance Automotive, and more. Entertainment
will be provided by Jesse
Stephens and Friends doing live mountain music. Auction proceeds
will go to offset operating expenses for the Society and to purchase
needed equipment. Everyone present may participate in the
auction---you do not have to be a SCGHS
member to shop. All auction
items will be paid for at the time of purchase.
too late to donate an item. Donated auction items are tax deductible
since SCGHS is a non-profit organization. Auction items will be
accepted through the morning of December 7. Donations may be dropped
off Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the SCGHS
Library, 200 Main Street, Bryson City—above the police department.
The phone number for the SCGHS is 828-488-2932. We will provide the
donor with a receipt upon request. Note that items donated should be
new or of a quality that you would be willing to give as a gift to
join us for the Party and the Silent Auction on
7, at 6:30 at the Swain County Regional Business Education and
Training Center, 45 East Ridge Drive, Bryson City, NC 28713.
East Ridge Dr. is
right turn off Buckner Branch Road. Written directions are available
on our website as well as at the Genealogy Library.
Come enjoy the music,
good fun, good food and
will be served. This is open to the public and there is no admission
Office is located on the square
just across the street from the old
It is in the brick building upstairs
over the police department.
Our Office & Library
Monday - Friday 8 AM - 12 PM
Telephone - (828) 488-2932
PO Box 267
Bryson City, NC 28713
purpose of the Swain County Genealogy Society is to aid in the
preservation of Family Bible Records, Military Records, Cemetery
Records and other genealogical and historical records. We want to
promote interest and research in the study of History and Genealogy.
To cooperate with other Societies as much as is practical and to
collect and preserve data relating to North Carolina and North
Carolina families, particularly, but not limited to Swain, Macon and
Swain County Genealogical Society celebrated our 30th birthday in
see the photos of our
See the preview of the upcoming video by William Davis
about the North