Newland - "the quiet town"

Newland - "the quiet town"

Surrounded by renowned attractions and resorts, the Town of Newland also attracts, but quietly. This small municipality of about 700 residents has been the county seat since Avery County incorporated in 1911, beating out three other areas for the honor. Newland has the distinction of being the highest county seat east of the Mississippi.


The fine traditional courthouse was constructed in 1913, and overlooks an equally classic town square, bordered by shops and churches and complete with a memorial to Avery County veterans.

Next to the courthouse, and also built in 1913, is the original jail, now the site of the Avery Historical Museum. The lockup served law enforcement purposes until 1972.

Permanent exhibits at the museum include the original jail cells, numerous artifacts and information about Avery County history from pioneer times to the present. At the other end of the square visitors stands the Avery County Morrison Library, which also has a fascinating collection of historical items and information.

Going west out of town toward Tennessee, plan a Saturday stop at the Farmers Market, and picnic or hike across the road at the Waterfalls Park, a unique recreation area sponsored by the Newland Volunteer Fire Department. Downtown.

So when you're driving through town on your way to Roan or Grandfather Mountains, don't forget to make Newland a stop on your tour.Newland - the quiet town


Town of Newland, North Carolina
Web: (official site)

Avery-Banner Elk County Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 828-898-5605

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