Picture-pretty courthouse showcases local crafts in Sylva
With 107 steps up to its entrance, the Jackson County Courthouse and its picturesque location overlooking the mountain town of Sylva has contributed to its claim of being the “most photographed courthouse in North Carolina.” Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Classical Revival structure was built in 1913 and served as the county’s courthouse until 1994.
In 2009, the building was renovated and re-constructed as the Jackson County Public Library. In 2011, a number of cultural organizations moved into the space, including the Jackson County Genealogical Society, Jackson County Arts Council,and Jackson County Historical Society. The former main courtroom has been turned into a community auditorium.
Of interest to craft aficionados is the Rotunda Gallery located on the first floor of the historic building. Under the direction of the Jackson County Arts Council, the gallery hosts changing exhibits throughout the year. A high quality hanging and lighting system makes the Rotunda Gallery a good option for rotating art exhibits by the region’s artists.
The Jackson County Arts Council was founded in 1976 to provide more artistic exposure and opportunities for school students. Today the Arts Council regularly funds local groups and individual artists through scholarships and grants.
For hours and news on exhibits and workshops, go to jacksoncountyarts.org.