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.
The current depot building, built in 1922, is the third depot built. Passenger service to Tryon ended in 1968
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.
Jocelyn Davis Gallery is an eclectic mix of fine art, fine crafts and fairy bits of whimsy – 60 Pacolet St.
Tryon Fine Arts Center – strives to provide a stimulating environment where creativity can flourish. 34 Melrose Ave
Tryon Painters & Sculptors Gallery – 78 Trade St
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
Tryon Historical Museum – exhibits feature the life of the Cherokee people and Tryon’s equestrian history. 26 Maple St.
Art of the Horse Outdoor Exhibit – Four towns – two states – one vision – the horses are in Saluda, Tryon, Columbus and Landrum.
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.
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.