Introduction to Waynesville, North Carolina
In 1810, an American Revolutionary War soldier Colonel Robert Love, founded Waynesville. He donated land for the construction of a public square, a courthouse, and a jail. Robert Love named the settlement in honor of his former commander, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. It was incorporated as a town in 1871. Railroad arrived in 1884, which led to growth in the agricultural, tourism, and lumber industries. The area where the train station was built was named "Frog Level" and eventually became the commercial center of the community. In July of 1995, the towns of Waynesville and Hazelwood merged to form a larger community.
Waynesville and Nearby Attractions
- Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts
- Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
- Black Rock Mountain State Park
- North Carolina Arboretum
- Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Things To Do In Waynesville
Waynesville is home to the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts which features a collection of art, handicrafts, and furniture created by various North Carolina artists. The Mountain Heritage Center, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, and Historic Johnson Farm are other museums and historic sites nearby. Cold Mountain, which is situated within the Pisgah National Forest, is a popular destination that was made famous by Charles Frazier's novel "Cold Mountain." The 1,000-acre Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area offers facilities for boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and picnicking. The community also organizes several festivals throughout the year including the Ramp Festival, the Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, the Apple Harvest Festival, the International Folk Festival, and the Haywood County Fair.
Greenville - Spartanburg International Airport is the closest major airport.
Waynesville Higher Education
Nearby colleges include the Western Carolina University, Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, and Clemson University.