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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.
July 15, 2017
Our SCGHS Book Day is this Saturday, July 15. This
is a time to meet WNC writers and talk with them. Books will also be
available for sale. The
Society is sponsoring this event for the public. There is no admission
to attend. The event will be held from 10 AM to
2 PM at the Swain County Business Ed Center, 45 East Ridge Drive, Bryson
your friends, neighbors and relatives.
still have openings for writers/authors—please recruit!!! It would be
great to have more “vendors” or writers/authors. The writer/author can
email me or contact Verna at the Genealogy Library, thru Thursday Morning
12:00 PM. There is no charge to vendors. This is a free event.
plan to have “goodies” and soft drinks for sale. We still need people to
volunteer to make cake, cookies, or other goodies and package them in
individual servings in “sandwich” bags for the Society to sell. You
may drop those off on site Saturday morning by 10:00.
is also space for volunteers for Saturday. We need “ushers,” persons to
handle the genealogy table and to serve concessions.
Note: Some of the Authors will be speaking. A schedule will be sent out
later in the week.
Remember Authors may sign up thru Thursday July 13. Persons may volunteer
or sign up to provide goodies by Friday. To sign up for any of these, call
the Swain County Genealogy and Historical Society Library at 828-488-2932
between 8 AM to 12 PM or contact Karen at this email address.
The public is invited and
bring a friend (or friends)!
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