Haywood History

Haywood County was carved out of the western portion of Buncombe County in 1808, and in 1828, the western part of Haywood County became Macon County. Yet another county was formed in 1851, when parts of Haywood and Macon counties were combine… Read more

Thanks to the brilliant marketing of the late Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, and the clever marketing after his death by Maggie Valley entrepreneurs, mountain moonshining’s reputation as a romantic and exciting venture has thrived in Haywood County. Read more

It was a great blessing each summer, when my family traveled from our home and the hot weather in South Carolina to the cool mountains of North Carolina. Read more

Thinking about the Cataloochee Reunion brings back many childhood memories of cousins’ visits corresponding with the reunion, time spent on my grandparent’s farm in Iron Duff preparing for the reunion and the excitement of the day itself. Read more

Farming is key to Haywood County’s culture and heritage, but that doesn’t mean it is stagnant. What strikes me when looking at hundreds of old farm pictures in The Mountaineer’s archives or in Haywood County history collections is how much ch… Read more