Jackson County, created in 1851, built a brand new town named Webster to be its county seat. Court was held at Daniel Bryson’s home and at Alan Fisher’s store until the courthouse was finished. In 1887, a second courthouse was built, but the new railroad had bypassed Webster three years earlier. In 1913, a controversial election moved the county seat a few miles north to Sylva, a new town that had sprung up alongside the railroad. Jackson County’s third courthouse was modeled on the recently built Madison County courthouse, a brick neo-classical revival building. The picturesque building is situated on a low hilltop and dominates downtown Sylva. It is advertised as North Carolina’s most photographed courthouse, a claim no longer technically true since Jackson County built its fourth courthouse in 1994.
Below is the Digital Heritage Moment as broadcast on the radio:
- Gertrude Dills McKee Gertrude Dills McKee, daughter of the founder of Dillsboro, North Carolina, married local businessman Ernest Lyndon McKee. She worked actively for various civic causes. . .
- Judaculla Rock Judaculla Rock, located along Caney Fork Creek in Jackson County, is North Carolina's largest example of a Native American petroglyph, or rock carving. . .
- Joe Parker Rhinehart, 1990
Rhinehart Receives Heritage Award
Joe Rhinehart received Western Carolina University's 1990 Mountain Heritage Award for his work in preserving the history of the old […]
- Mountain Heritage Center The Mountain Heritage Center was created by Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, in 1975. Combining a museum with a research center, it preserves the history and […]
- The Deitz Family, 2006
WCU’s Mountain Heritage Award Presented
To Jackson County’s Musical Deitz Family
CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University presented its Mountain Heritage Award for 2006 […]