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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
at the society
office in Bryson City.
2016 Monthly Meeting
Tester of Cherokee,the presenter, is one of 10 Story
Specialists working with the NC Civil War History Center. She
is collecting 100 stories of families and people who were in
the Civil War from each of our western most Counties
(Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, and
Transylvania). At the February 4 meeting, she will share
information about the history project, stories about NC people
and families in the Civil War and lead a discussion with
participants to share civil war stories of their ancestors.
Come prepared to share stories and pictures of your ancestors.
Information will also be available about how to submit your
stories for inclusion in this project; those stories submitted
will be a part of the NC Civil War History Center, a part of
the Division of State history Museums, North Carolina
Department of Cultural Resources. The meeting will be held at
the Genealogical Society Library, 200 Main Street, Bryson City
at 6:30 PM, Thursday, February 4. Refreshments and
conversation follows the meeting. There is no admission charge
and all are invited to attend.
The public is invited and
bring a friend!
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 9 AM - 5 PM;
Tuesday 6 PM - 8 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