Avery County NC

Founded in 1911

Welcome to the highest county in the Eastern U.S.


It was formed in 1911 from parts of Caldwell County, Mitchell County,and Watauga County. It was named for Waightstill Avery, a colonel in the American Revolutionary War and the first Attorney General of North Carolina (1777–1779)

"The youngest county in North Carolina"

Avery County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,797. Thecounty seat is Newland. The county seat was initially established in Elk Park when the county was first formed, but was moved to Newland upon completion of the courthouse in 1912.

Welcome to the Christmas Tree Capital of the World!

The county's agricultural focus is the mass production of Fraser Fir Christmas Trees. Tree farms produce trees year round and they are harvested in mid October, wrapped, stacked and sold in bulk at local or far away lots or shipped to wholesalers across the country. Some farms also sell directly to visitors. Shrubbery, landscaping and greenhouses all are important agricultural aspects of the county's economy.

Government of Avery County

The current county manager position is filled by Tim Greene, the county's permanent finance officer, who was an interim appointee, following the retirement of longtime Manager Robert Wiseman and a previous interim appointed manager Wood Hall Young. A permanent manager will be appointed by the board of commissioners after a candidate search due to be completed in early 2015.

The county is governed by a five-member Board of County Commissioners who are elected to two or four-year terms.

Our County Commissioners are

Robert Reo Griffith

Martha Hicks

Faye Lacey

Robert H. Lacey

Blake Vance

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Come Visit the Beautiful Mountains!

Avery county has mountains like no other place in the United States. A couple of places that would be an adventures hike are Banner Elk mountain and our famous Beech Mountain
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