Haywood County Public Library History Collection
"The past reminds us of timeless human truths and allows for the perpetuation of cultural traditions that can be nourishing; it contains examples of mistakes to avoid, preserves the memory of alternative ways of doing things, and is the basis for self-understanding. . . " Bettina Drew
Postcards with memories of the past.
Cherish Your Memories and Dream with Hope for the Future.
Every building has a history and a story.
The dance of water over moss covered rocks, the rhythms of wind and rain through thickets of mountain laurel, the echoes of bird calls, and the steady thrust of the Blue Ridge Mountains must reach deep into that place in these mountain dwellers' hearts where the music begins. It beckons to you - come, pick up your feet and dance.
Please keep in mind this historical digital collection is a work in progress.
Lessons of the past give us wisdon for the future.
This collection of photos and documents is, essentially, a gift from the citizens of Haywood County and others with ties to the region.
It began as part of a centennial effort marking the 200th birthday of Haywood County, when county commissioners, members of local genealogical and historical societies and other leaders dreamed of a book on local history. During the early stages of that book, titled "Haywood County: Portrait of a Mountain Community," people were asked to submit photographs and historic materials to be scanned into the library's system and made available not only to the book's writers but to all citizens. The response was, and continues to be, enthusiastic. The results is this remarkable collection, photographs of events, places long paved over or demolished, citizens still living and those long buried who created this mountain region's fascinating and colorful past.
We hope you enjoy your journey through this collection as we strive to expand, indentify and clarify its contents. If you have additional information on anything you see here, or if you have items that should be added, please contact Joyce Cope at the Haywood County Public Library - 828-356-2500 or 828-356-2501.