Avery County, North Carolina

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Avery County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population is 17,167. Its county seat is Newland.[1]

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History

The county was formed in 1911 from parts of Caldwell County, Mitchell County, and Watauga County. It was named for Waightstill Avery, a colonel in the American Revolutionary War and the first Attorney General of North Carolina (1777-1779). Avery County was the last county created in North Carolina. It is often noted for the large amount of Christmas trees that the county produces. "A History of Avery County" was published in 1972 by Horton Edward Cooper. In it he noted:

The 1989 film Winter People starring Kurt Russell and Kelly McGillis was filmed in Avery County.[2]

Law and government

Avery County is a member of the regional High Country Council of Governments.

Agriculture

The county is known for its production of Fraser Fir Christmas Trees.

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