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Yancey County

Yancey County is named for Bartlett Yancey, who was a United States Congressman, Speaker of the North Carolina Senate and an early advocate for the North Carolina Public School System.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Unicoi County, Tennessee and Mitchell County

E – Mitchell County and McDowell County

S – McDowell County and Buncombe County

W – Buncombe County and Madison County


Created:  1833                                        Map of North Carolina highlighting Yancey County

County Seat: 

Burnsville  1833 – present


County Courthouse – Burnsville


Location:  110 Town Square / East Main Street

Built:  1964 – 1965

Style:  Modern Colonial Revival

Architect:  Six Associates

Contractor:  Z B Robinson Construction Company


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Burnsville. The west front has a central entrance with peaked roof above. On the center of the roof is a thin high cupola. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Superior Courtand County District Court of the 24th Judicial District. 


Old County Courthouse – Burnsville



Location:  2 Town Square / West Main Street

Built:  1908– 1909

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  H L Lewman of Louisville, Kentucky

Contractor:  H L Lewman & Company of Louisville, Kentucky


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story stone block structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Burnsville and is now the building is now the City Hall. The north front raises to a peak at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a square tired clock tower. The interior has wood and title and walls of plaster. The old courtroom is located on the second story.


See:  The 24th Judicial District includes Avery CountyMadison County, Mitchell County and Watauga County 


History:  The county was created in 1833 and Buensville was selected as the county seat. The first courts met in a temporary building from 1834 to 1836. The first courthouse was a brick structure erected at Burnsville in 1836. The second was constructed in 1908 to 1909 and is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1964 to 1965.


Note:  The highest point in North Carolina is Mount Mitchell at 6684 feet ( 2032 meters ) which is located in the county.



County Courthouse – Burnsville













Old County Courthouse – Burnsville









Mount Mitchell

Photos taken 1968 and 2012