Avery County

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We're a Christmas Tree Farm with plenty of things to do! Choose & Cut your own Christmas Tree. These games have become known as "The Gathering" of Scots in the New World because the event attracts the participation of a greater array of Scottish families than any other games in America.
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Visit a U-cut Christmas Tree Farm Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
The public is invited to take a nostalgic stroll down the yellow brick road and share memories of Oz with younger generations.
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Autumn at Oz



A Brief History of the Formation of Avery County

Source: Avery County History

Avery County is the 100th and last county formed in North Carolina in 1911, from portions of Mitchell, Watauga and Caldwell Counties. It is named for Waightstill Avery (1741-1819) who was a Colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, a member of North Carolina state legislature, 1776, 1782-83, 1793, North Carolina State Attorney General, 1777-79; and a member of North Carolina state senate, 1796. It is characterized by rugged mountains including Grandfather Mountain, home to the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games & Gathering of Scottish Clans. It has the highest average elevation of any county in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, reaching that of 5,964 ft. above sea level. Approximately half of the county lies within the Pisgah National Forest. There are many wild trout streams and ski resorts located within its boundaries. The population in 2002 was 17,526. The county seat is Newland.

Source: Avery County History


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