History for Haywood County

The first court of Haywood County was ordered to be held at Mount Prospect, at which time the justices could decide on some other place for holding court until a courthouse could be erected. In 1809 the justices of the peace were authorized to appoint commissioners to erect the courthouse: "In the erection of the public buildings at Mount Prospect there was laid the foundation of the little city of Waynesville. In the record of the court of pleas and quarter sessions the name of Waynesville occurs first in 1811." Waynesville was confirmed as a town by legislative act in 1810.1

Haywood County was named in honor of John Haywood, Treasurer of North Carolina, 1787-1827.1

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1 Facts gathered from State Library of North Carolina.





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