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Haywood County Turns 200 Years Old in 2008

By Mary Ann Enloe
Chairman, Bicentennial Celebration

I’m big on birthdays! When I was growing up in Hazelwood, and birthdays rolled around, my sisters and I would celebrate for a week. Well, in 2008 Haywood County is going to celebrate for a year! Our county turns 200 years old. My fellow commissioners have asked me to chair the county’s Bicentennial Celebration.

Dedicated volunteers have been helping plan since November 2006. There’s room for you and your ideas, because this is a party for the people, by the people.

Haywood County’s new History book will be published and available for sale in 2008. The book, which was paid for by the Board of County Commissioners, is being coordinated by the Haywood County Historical Society, who hired a group of talented local writers to compile a comprehensive historical record, including photographs that many of you have submitted.

The Historic Courthouse is being restored and it will be the site of several important Bicentennial events, including Gary Carden’s acclaimed one-woman play about the arrest of accused murderer Nance Dude, who was incarcerated in the Haywood County Jail. That performance will take place in December in the fully-restored 1932 Haywood County Courtroom.

Each month in 2008 will have a theme. We’ll be honoring our veterans and men and women in uniform with a Memorial Day Parade in May; we’ll recognize our mountain music, crafts, and agricultural heritage, and many other things.

It’s not too late for you to be involved. There is still plenty of work to be done and I hope you’ll be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event. If you’d like to find out more, please contact me, Mary Ann Enloe, at 452-4896, or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

I’m really excited about Haywood County’s 200th Birthday and I’m looking forward to working with all of you. Please visit the county web site (www.haywoodnc.net) regularly, and watch HCTV, the Haywood County Government Information Channel, to keep up to date on the Bicentennial. Thank you.