The Avery County

Historical Museum

At times uncovering can be easier than covering up.

       - Frank Vance -


The Heritage of Avery County is locked in the old historic Avery County Jail in Newland, North Carolina.  Established by the Avery County Bicentennial Committee in 1976.  The Avery County Museum is housed in the original county jail, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Several of the founders of the museum, Emma Sloop Fink, Helen Jenkins, Martha Pyatte and Gurney Franklin have now become part of the history themselves.  Descendents of early Avery County citizens are maintaining and expanding the museum as well as taking on the task of collecting and preserving Avery County's History. 

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Museum  Diagram

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Avery County Museum Rooms

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The Research Room




2013 Hours

Monday - Saturday 11 am 3 pm

Sunday: Closed

Group Tours Available on Request




Avery County Historical Museum

1829 Shultz Circle

PO Box 266

Newland, NC  28657-0266


Executive Director:  Cindy Peters



Old Smokehouse donated by Gurney Franklin is on display at the museum.