Tryon, NC – Located on the ‘First Peak of the Blue Ridge

Tryon is a small town in Polk County. Tryon Peak and the Town of Tryon are named for William Tryon, Governor of North Carolina from 1765-1771 in recognition of his negotiation with the Cherokee during the French and Indian War. At the peak of railroad expansion in 1885, Tryon was incorporated.

Tryon is a quaint small town with several blocks of buildings. Tryon is an equestrian town with several equestrian organizations.  Hwy 176/Trade Street runs through the town.  Most of the buildings face the railroad tracks.

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SHOPS OF TRYON

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ROTARY PLAZA

The current depot building, built in 1922, is the third depot built. Passenger service to Tryon ended in 1968

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Tryon Depot

Tryon Horse – Morris – Symbol of the Town – The first horse was built as an advertisement for the 1928 Harmon Field horse show. The first horse burned in a warehouse fire in 1930.  The rebuilt horse was kidnapped by a group of hooligans from Landrum.  Unfortunately, he crashed and broke his leg, and had to be put down. The newest Morris resides over downtown.

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MORRIS THE HORSE

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Jocelyn Davis Gallery is an eclectic mix of fine art, fine crafts and fairy bits of whimsy – 60 Pacolet St.

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JOCELYN DAVIS GALLERY

Tryon Fine Arts Center – strives to provide a stimulating environment where creativity can flourish. 34 Melrose Ave

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TRYON FINE ARTS CENTER

Tryon Painters & Sculptors Gallery – 78 Trade St

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TRYON PAINTERS & SCULPTORS

Nina Simone Plaza – Simone recorded more than forty albums, her musical style fused gospel and pop with classical music with her jazz-like singing. – Trade Street

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Tryon Historical Museum – exhibits feature the life of the Cherokee people and Tryon’s equestrian history. 26 Maple St.

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HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Art of the Horse Outdoor Exhibit – Four towns – two states – one vision – the horses are in Saluda, Tryon, Columbus and Landrum.

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THOUGHTS OF HOME
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ALL I EVER WANTED
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QUEEN BEE
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INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

Tryon became known for the quality of its wine and table grapes in the early 1900s and was home to several family-owned vineyards. Prohibition eventually forced these family vineyards out of business.  Today there are new vineyards in the area

Overmountain Vineyard – sits on a 70-acre family owned farm.  17 acres of french vinifera & 2 acres of organically grown blueberries. 2014 Sandy Plains Rd.

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Mountain Brook Vineyard – they have 7.5 acres planted in grapes.  The tasting room is upstairs and the owner is very nice. – 731 Phillips Dairy Rd.

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