The Confederate monument in Yancey County is a simple gable topped marker in the style of a large gravestone made of granite. It stands just over 6.5 feet tall on a granite foundation. It is 4.5 feet wide and faces in an east/west orientation. Inscriptions appear at the top of both sides of the marker and on the base on both sides. The names of 144 Yancey County Civil War dead cover the face of both sides of the marker.
The new courthouse was built in 1968. Earlier the County Courthouse was at the other end of the square. A statue of Otway Burns, for whom the town is named, stands in the center of the town square.