Swain County

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Swain County is named for David Lowry Swain, who was a governor of North Carolina ad president of the University of North Carolina.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Blount County, Tennesse and Sevier County, Tennessee

E – Haywood County and Jackson County

S – Macon County and Graham County

W – Graham County

 

Created:  1871                                        Map of North Carolina highlighting Swain County

County Seat: 

Bryson City  1871 – present

 

County Courthouse – Bryson City 

 

Location:  101 Mitchell Street / Slope Street

Built:  1980 – 1982

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Nichols, Carter, Seay / Grant Architects

Contractor:  Wilkie Construction Company, Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a one story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Bryson City. The north front forms  a ”V” with the entrance in the center and with glass panels above. The orange colored roof is sloped. There is a wide plaza in front of the building with wide steps on the north side.

 

Old County Courthouse – Bryson City 

 

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Location:  4 Everett Street / Main Street

Built:  1908 – 1909

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Frank P Milburn of Washington, D.C. and Richard Sharp Smith

Contractor:  Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story white colored stuccoed structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Bryson City. The southwest front has a large portico supported by four columns rising to a wide pediment at the roof line. The sides has projecting center sections rising to a pediment at the roof line. On the center of the roof is an octagonal dome with clock and red colored roof at the top.  

 

Note:  The cost of construction of the courthouse was approximately $35,000. The commissioners authorized the purchase of “a tower clock with metal Bell for a cost of $850.00” for the new courthouse.

 

See:  The architect Frank Pierce Milburn of Washington, DC. and  the contractor Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky.

 

History:  The first court was held in a log cabin at Chatham. The first courthouse was a log and plank structure erected in Bryson City ( Charlestown ) in 1872. The courthouse burned in 1879 and the second courthouse was a brick structure was designed by D K Collins and built by Thaddius Dillard in 1880. The courthouse burned in 1907. The third courthouse was constructed in 1908 to 1909 and is still standing. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1980 to 1982.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Bryson City

 

 

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Old County Courthouse – Bryson City

 

 

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Photos taken 2012