Waynesville, North Carolina

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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 the shops date back to the early 1900s, offering a rare opportunity to imagine what it was like when the town was young.¬† Many still have original floors that now pop and creak from the many years of traffic.

Waynesville is also home to Mast General Store, a traditional mercantile shop housed in a 1930s clothing store. Here what is old is new again -  a café and gift shops, complete with chandeliers and high ceilings are located in a three-story renovated bank.

Haywood County was formed from Buncombe County in 1808.  Colonel Robert Love, a Revolutionary War soldier suggested the county seat be built on land he owned. He laid out the town and named it Waynesville, in honor of his commander in the war, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. He donated land for the courthouse, jail and public square.  The Town of Waynesville was incorporated in 1871.

While you’re enjoying the heritage, visit Historic Shelton House, Francis Grist Mill and Frog Level, the revitalized railroad district, named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

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Waynesville hosts many festivals and events during the summer months, including the Waynesville Street Dances (Square Dancing), or the Round Dance as it was called back in the day.  Folkmoot, an international folk festival, always starts with a parade down Main Street and the countries invited give everyone a glimpse of what is to come in a festive dance in front of the Historic Courthouse.  There are many festivals and events throughout the year that keep Waynesville full of life and laughter.  Festivals of Arts and Crafts, Fine Art and Artisans, Food, and Music are always just days apart.  Main Street is even closed down from time to time for some good ole fashioned block parties.

Waynesville offers many modern conveniences as well.¬† Many of the coffee shops are ‘hot spots’ with free wireless internet access.¬† Banks with ATMs are available on Main Street.¬† The Historic County Courthouse and the New Justice Center is at one end of Main Street and the Town Hall at the other.

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Fall Pumpkin Patch
The Pumpkin Patch at the First Methodist Church Every Fall

Indulge yourself in many fine restaurants and cozy places to stay.¬† Visitors can be pampered in luxury at many charming Bed and Breakfasts.¬† Condos perched high above Waynesville’s brick sidewalks offer outstanding scenic views of the town.¬† Or choose from many convenient hotels.¬† Many of these amenities are within walking distance of the Historic Main Street.