Activity & Interest

Great Smokies Snake Fence

Keeping hungry elk out of the veggies, volunteers built a rustic snake fence at the Mountain Farm Museum in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The project at the Oconnaluftee Visitors Center relied on a grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.

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Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians

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Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians

The rivers and streams of the NC mountains and foothills are among the most popular destinations for anglers, especially those who are avid about fly fishing.

The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians, now located in Bryson City, is filled with exhibits and videos showcasing profiles of legendary "Stream Blazers," the evolution of rods and reels, basic knots, fly-tying, types of gear, types of gamefish, regional fishing waters, and the history of fly fishing in the Southeast.

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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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McGaha Chapel

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McGaha Chapel

The historic McGaha Chapel was finished in 1872 during the difficult Reconstruction period following the Civil War in the context of multiple families that had been split in loyalty, fighting on different sides. The earliest membership roll shows not only Methodist but also other church members, underlining the ecumenical nature of the community.

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Allison-Deaver House

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