Haywood County History

Bethel Community in Haywood County NC

Bethel Community in Haywood County NC

Back in the day, the Francis Grist Mill was the place to come for community gossip and news on the area.¬† Today, in Bethel, the place to be is the Bethel Grocery.¬† It is here that you might find L.D. Griffin signing a copy of his book “Cold Mountain Hunter”.¬† Or buy some of the greatest home grown corn you’ll find anywhere. Bethel is a farming community, and most of the local folk want to keep it that way.¬† It is here that you will find fields of tomatoes, peppers, and other crops.¬† The Blue Ridge Parkway lines its southern […]

The Shook House in Clyde, North Carolina

The Shook House in Clyde, North Carolina

History and old stories tell us, that sometime around 1795, Jacob Shook built a three-story cabin known as the Shook-Smathers House in Clyde, North Carolina. ¬† Some say is the oldest standing frame built house in Western North Carolina. ¬† Shook was part of a Revolutionary War expedition against the Cherokee allegedly to stop them from siding with the British.¬† After the war, many men on the expedition came back and settled the formerly Cherokee territory. According to Shook family history, Shook may not have had to purchase the land. Haywood County at that time was in a contested territory […]

Canton North Carolina – Where the Mountains Kiss the Sky

Canton North Carolina – Where the Mountains Kiss the Sky

Canton, once in Cherokee Indian Territory, is home to its own kind of revival – a downtown revitalization and an ongoing effort to preserve its history. Hand painted murals throughout the town depict the history of the county. The Canton Historical Museum tells the story of political, environmental and war history in a small but fascinating exhibit space, and just across the street is the newly restored Colonial Theatre, hosting concerts, readings and plays on a grand vintage stage. Canton was founded in 1889 as Buford. The name was changed to Pigeon Ford in 1891. In 1893 the name was […]

Waynesville, North Carolina

Waynesville, North Carolina

Waynesville is a unique town that includes an eclectic and spirited downtown lined with unique shops, art galleries, working studios and reinvented historic spaces, as well as rich local tradition and history. Waynesville is at the heart of an arts culture that’s thriving in Haywood County, a community that has been a part of Waynesville’s history since the 19th century. A walk along Main Street encompasses it all, from traditional to contemporary. Gourmet coffee shops, bakeries and light, airy galleries.¬† Here, you’ll see brick sidewalks adorned with flowers and benches, cozy restaurants and an abundance of meandering window-shoppers.¬† Most of […]

Clyde, North Carolina

Clyde, North Carolina

Clyde was once an important holding area and loading point for shipping livestock to more populous areas of the country. The small, friendly town later evolved into a “bedroom” community for people who work outside the area. How will you know when you‚Äôre in middle of Clyde? Just look for the ‚Äúbig gun‚Äù. Haywood County’s only institution of higher education is Haywood Community College, a two-year college located in Clyde.¬† Be sure and visit the Haywood Community College Arboretum when you can.¬† The arboretum features include a rhododendron garden (1 acre) containing 75 varieties of rhododendron, conifers, dahlia garden featuring […]

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