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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.
A lot of good
historical literature and research has come out of Western North
Carolina. Our SCGHS wants to celebrate the people and their work by
having a BOOK DAY on July 21. The event will take place from 10:00
AM to 4:00 PM, Riverfront Park, beside the courthouse on Mitchell
Street in Bryson City. This will be an opportunity for people to
meet the writers, authors, and/or researches of these books,
purchase autographed copies and hear some of these persons speak.
to announcing this event, we are also recruiting persons who have
written/complied books with the subject matter about history,
genealogy, stories, people, culture, folklore/folk stories, and/or
historical fiction of WNC. Each writer/author will have space to
display their books. Authors and writers will set up tables under
the shelter or may bring a canopy to set up on the lawn. There is no
charge for having a space and there will be no admission charge.
Vendors will need to provide their own table and/or canopy.
Authors/writers may qualify to have a space by meeting any ONE of
written/complied/authored/researched a book with the
subject/material of at least one of his/her books based (or set)
in Swain County or one of the WNC counties which are Buncombe,
Madison, Transylvania, Henderson, Haywood, Swain, Haywood,
Jackson, Cherokee, Graham, Clay, or Macon;
or 2) Be a member of the SCGHS;
or 3) Be a native of Swain County
us! Plan to attend. Bring your friends and neighbors. Mark your
calendars for July 21. If you have written a book and it meets the
qualifications listed, please sign up to have a space. If you know
of someone who has written a book that meets the qualifications,
please send them the flyer and encourage the author/writer to sign
up. To sign up for a space, authors/writers may should speak with
Verna at the Genealogy Library 828-488-2932, M-W, F 9:00 AM to
12:00 PM. Deadline to sign up for a table is July 18 or when all
spaces are filled.
The Swain County
meets on the first Thursday
of each month.
See new meeting place
following the meeting announcement.
August 2, 2018
more details to
This is a one-time change from our regular meeting place.***
Brett Riggs will be presenting
Brett Riggs will be presenting
Please join us at 6:30 on
August 2, 2018 at the Morgan Pavilion at the Swain County Rec Park. This
is free and open to the public.
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 - Wednesday, Friday 9 AM - 12 PM
Telephone - (828) 488-2932
Call for inquiries
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