This small municipality of about 700 residents has been the county seat of Avery County since Newland was incorporated in 1913, beating out three other areas for the honor. Newland has the distinction of being the highest county seat east of the Mississippi.
A recently remodeled classical courthouse overlooks a traditional town square, bordered by shops and churches and complete with a memorial to Avery County veterans. The square plays host to the annual Heritagefest on the first weekend in June, as well as the Avery Arts Council's Art on the Square celebration each year on the third weekend of July. July also sees Newland come alive to celebrate the Fourth on the beautiful downtown Riverwalk.
Adjacent to the Courthouse is the original Avery County jail, now the site of the Avery Historical Museum. The lockup closed in 1972, leaving a permanent exhibit at the museum showcasing the original jail cells. The museum also houses numerous artifacts and information about Avery County history from the area's settlement to the present.
The Avery County Morrison Public Library can be found at the opposite end of the square from the Courthouse. The Library contains many items of historical interest as well as public access to the internet on several computers. The kids wont want to miss the two playgrounds in downtown Newland, one is found at the end of the Riverwalk, the other is at Newland Elementary School and is distinctive for its complete handicap accessibility.
Going west out of town toward Tennessee is a perfect picnic spot at the Waterfalls Park, a unique recreation area sponsored by the Newland Volunteer Fire Department, and Mountain Glen Golf Course, which is open to the public from May through October.