Tryon Toymakers Shop


Polk County, NC

In 1915, Eleanor P. Vance and Charlotte L. Yale opened Tryon Toymakers Shop in Tryon. They had previously worked at the Biltmore Estate woodcarving and weaving, becoming the founders of the craft revival operation Biltmore Industries.

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Edd Presnell

Woodworker, toy maker, dulcimer maker

Avery County, NC

Edd Presnell was raised in a musical family and community near Beech Mountain. The area was home to storytellers, ballad singers, banjo pickers, instrument builders, and toy makers. He was particularly interested in woodworking. He first heard a dulcimer when his future wife, Nettie Hicks, came by with an instrument her father, Ben, built. "I was 15 or 16," Presnell recalled, "and Nettie brought the dulcimer over and played it." With help from his future father-in-law, Presnell made his first dulcimer in 1936.

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Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair

Handcrafters from all over the United States come to sell their wares including baskets, candles, kettle corn, pottery, stained glass, and so much more.

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Tryon Toy Makers

Tryon Toy Makers

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