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Tryon

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Tryon

A Small Town with Big Personalities

Many of the historic buildings on Tryon’s Trade Street, as we know it today, were in place by 1900, including a general store, pharmacy and post office.  Buildings like these have contributed to Tryon receiving the designation of historic district by the National Register of Historic Places. Tryon quickly grew as a resort town, bringing tourists to the area to enjoy the mountain views and good climate.

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Tryon Arts and Crafts School

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Tryon Arts and Crafts School

Tryon Arts and Crafts School (TACS), in Tryon, NC, is a regional center for arts and crafts in the Appalachian Foothills. The school was established in 1960 as a key part of the grassroots movement that led to the development of Tryon as an artists’ colony. 

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Mars Hill

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Mars Hill

A Town Born From Education

Before 1856, when no more than 10 families lived on what was then known as Pleasant Hill, education was important to the parents who founded an academy to educate their children.

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Wheels Through TIme Museum

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Wheels Through Time Museum

Since the early years of the 20th century, the mountains and foothills of Western North Carolina have become a popular tourist destination primarily because of the easier access provided by motorized vehicles.  Indeed, increasing tourism to this formerly remote region was the rationale for building the Blue Ridge Parkway, “America’s Favorite Drive.”

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Fontana Dam

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Fontana Dam and Visitor Center

Located in the far western corner of North Carolina, Fontana Dam is the tallest dam east of the Rockies at 480 feet. It was built by the Tennessee Valley Authority in response to an urgent need for electric power during World War II; construction began in 1942 and was finished in just 36 months.

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