Woodfin Elementary School 6th grader Roy Fox designed the Buncombe County Seal in 1920. The County did not have an official seal and ran a contest asking for students to submit their suggestions. Roy designed the seal and won the contest. His seal design is still used today...with one modification. In 1989, the County Commissioners changed the County Motto from "Men" to Match our Mountains as designed by Roy Fox to "People" to Match our Mountain.
In 1791, David Vance and William Davidson presented to the North Carolina House of Commons a "petition of the inhabitants of that part of Burke County lying west of the Appalachian Mountains praying that a part of said county, and part of Rutherford County, be made into a separate and distinct county." The original bill to create the county gave as its name "Union." The name was changed, however, to Buncombe in honor of Col. Edward Buncombe, a Revolutionary War hero from Tyrell County.
The Buncombe bill was ratified on January 14, 1792. The new county included most of Western North Carolina and was so large it was commonly referred to it as the "State of Buncombe." Approximately 1,000 people lived in the county.