About Swain County

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Swain County is excited to be moving forward with a new History Museum at the old county courthouse. We need your help! We are asking the people of Swain County to donate articles that are relative to local history for display. Make your family part of history. If you have something that you think shows the history of this area please contact Swain County at 828-488-9273 or a member of the Heritage Board.

Museum Flyer (pdf)

Geographically, the county is spectacular. Much of it lies within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including its highest peak, Clingmans Dome. Four scenic rivers, the Nantahala, the Tuckasegee, the Oconaluftee and the Little Tennessee flow through the county and form the sprawling Lake Fontana, west of Bryson City, the county seat.

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The county also encompasses much of the Cherokee Indian Reservation, with its own independent government.

Formed in 1871 from parts of Jackson County and Macon County, the county was named for David L. Swain, governor of North Carolina from 1832 to 1835. The estimated population in 2010 was 13,981. This was an increase of 7.8% from the 2000 census.

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