Buncombe County, nicknamed “Land of the Sky” for its rugged mountain beauty, is located in the Mountain region of western North Carolina. Buncombe’s land includes parts of the Great Craggy Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a section of the Eastern Continental Divide passes through it. Buncombe County was formed from Burke and Rutherford Counties in 1791. It was named for Edward Buncombe, a Revolutionary War colonel. Its earliest residents were the Cherokee Indians, who were later joined by Scottish, German, and English settlers, who came to populate the region.
The various townships/communities that make up Buncombe County are: