Welcome to The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.

The HCHGS is a non-profit all volunteer group dedicated to helping individuals discover the rich history of Haywood County North Carolina and its people. We have several pages on our website to help members and visitors with their research. To get started:

  • Learn more about HCHGS and membership benefits. View a current listing of all meetings and events.
  • Research the history of Haywood County in the history pages. Learn about historic places such as the Shook-Smathers House and other area museums. Find tips for local research in the research guide.
  • Research local families with the genealogy page. Find tips for research in the research guide.
  • The HCHGS has several resources and publications to help visitors learn about the history of the area and local families. The HCHGS publishes a quarterly newsletter, Balsam Roots, which is free to all members and mailed to them as part of membership in the Society.
  • For general questions and information please contact us via telephone, USPS, or email. For information on submitting a query please view our query page.
  • Be sure to check our blog for announcements and research tips.

We hope you find our site informative and helpful as you climb your family tree or take a stroll through history in the footsteps of your ancestors.