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Construction began on Avery County's courthouse in Newland not long after the county was formed and the town lots were auctioned off. Avery County's was the last of a series of courthouses built by the architectural firm of Wheeler and Runge, of Charlotte. Sister courthouses could at one time be found in Ashe, Watauga, Caldwell, Iredell, Randolph, Scotland, Stokes and Wilkes counties.

Originally published: 2013-07-02 15:02:45
Last modified: 2013-07-02 15:03:29

Once in a lifetime at 100: Newland’s Centennial Celebration this week

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Newland’s Centennial Celebration aims to usher in the town’s next 100 years in style, as the county will pause after Independence Day — this Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6 — to honor the highest county seat east of the Mississippi. Final preparations continue for the entertainment, guest appearances, parade and more, as well as educational events displaying Newland’s 100 years of history. Newland businesses, organizations and notable Newland residents will be featured, particularly centenarian citizens. Mayor Valerie Jaynes said it is a fantastic time for Newland: “I’m honored to be the mayor during this time period,” Jaynes said. “It’s a once in a lifetime thing. You’re fortunate to get to see something like this.”

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