255 Main Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Tel: 828-488-7857

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Hours:

April - December: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

January - March: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Closed on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day

Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society

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 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 Jackson Counties.

The Society Office is located on the square just across the street from the old courthouse.  It is in the brick building upstairs over the police department.

Library/Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8 AM - 12 PM

Telephone - (828) 488-2932

Mailing Address:

PO Box 267

Bryson City, NC 28713

e-mail: swaingenealogysociety@gmail.com

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The Swain County Genealogical Society meets on the

first Thursday of each month.

Meeting Place:

Swain County Business Education Center

45 East Ridge Drive

Bryson City, NC 28713