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January 16, 2015 by
Waynesville NC is located in the western part of the state of North
Carolina, situated between the
Blue Ridge and
Smoky Mountains of the Appalachians.
Waynesville is the seat of Haywood County and is
home to Tuscola High School (Mountaineers).
Blue Ridge Parkway is about 5 miles away, and
Cold Mountain (from the book and movie of the same
name) is within eyeshot.
Waynesville, NC was
founded 1810 by revolutionary war soldier,
Love, who named the town after his former commander,
General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (image).
Love was an American
Revolutionary War soldier from Virginia. He
was born in 1760 in Augusta County, Virginia.
He joined the Virginia Militia in 1776, out of
present-day Wythe County. As a member of the
North Carolina legislature, Love represented
Washington County (now in Tennessee) for one year -
1879. In 1792, he was elected to the North
Carolina state senate.
Love once challenged
a man to a duel after an argument broke out over the
matter of a horse race. Both were duelists,
but the man he challenged declined to partake.
That man would later become the President of the
United States. His name... Andrew Jackson, who
would never turn down another duel.
In 1789, Colonel
Robert Love was a delegate to the Fayetteville
convention and voted in favor of ratifying the
In 1809, Love, now a
wealthy man and the first elected Justice of the
Peace for Haywood County,
donated the land where the courthouse currently
rests. His original donation was for a
courthouse, jail, and town square. He sold
lots to help pay for the Courthouse construction.
The area was called Mount Prospect. Shortly
thereafter, the new town was renamed "Waynesville".
Love died in 1845 in
Waynesville, NC and is buried in the town's Oak Hill
Anthony Wayne (1745 - 1796)
was a U. S. Army General and Statesman. He had a
fiery personality and a short temper - thus the
nickname "Mad Anthony". He quickly
rose to the rank of Brigadier General.
During his early
years, Wayne served with the Continental Army's
invasion of Canada, at the aid of Benedict Arnold.
IN 1977 he was promoted to Brigadier General and
served as commander of the Pennsylvania Line.
he lead the attack at the Battle of Monmouth against
the British. He was awarded a medal by Congress for
leading a three-column, light-infantry, night-time
bayonet attack and victory at Stony Point.
Wayne survived a
mutiny (over pay and conditions) in 1781 while
commanding the Pennsylvania Line. That same
year, he led another fearless bayonet charge, this
time with Marquis de Lafayette's advance forces at
Green Spring (Virginia).
surrounded via a trap set by the British
(Cornwallis), he ordered his men to fix bayonets and
attacked the much larger British forces, winning the
battle. The victory earned Wayne great respect
and significantly improved his reputation for being
In 1783, after
negotiating a peace treaty with the Creek and
Cherokee tribes, way was promoted to Major General
(2-star) and provided a gift of land from Georgia.
After serving for one
year in the Pennsylvania state legislature, Wayne
retuned to Georgia to live on the land awarded him.
He was a delegate to the state convention which
ratified the U.S. Constitution.
the early 1790s, Wayne was recalled by President
George Washing to head up a new military force
called the Legion of the United States. His
job, form an Army and quell the Western Indian
In forming the new
Army, Wayne established the first "basic training"
for American soldiers. The new soldiers were
sent to Ohio to form "Fort Recovery". A
victory against the British-backed Indians at the
Battle of Fallen Timbers in Ohio ushered the state
into the Union in 1803.
Wayne died from gout in
1796 while returning from a trip in Detroit to
Pennsylvania. He was buried at Erie, but was
disinterred in 1809 and moved to a family plot in
In 1995, the towns of
Waynesville and Hazelwood merged, and became
Waynesville NC 28786.
Waynesville NC is
one of America's best kept secrets. This
quaint retreat is located in a small valley in western North Carolina, approximately 30
miles west of
You'll find crisp, cool air and clean mountain water,
Waynesville NC weather is pleasant year round.
The panorama is unlike any other place in the
world. Waynesville is part of Haywood
County, one of 100 counties in North Carolina, and
is the county seat. Surrounded by the
Ridge Mountains and
Great Smoky Mountains (roughly
6,000 feet high),
Waynesville is also graced by the nearby
National Forest. A small, friendly and
historic town - consisting of about 8 square miles -
Waynesville has about 10,000 of America's
friendliest people, all living at the perfect 2,500
- 3,000 feet in elevation.
In Waynesville NC,
you'll find plenty of galleries, antique stores, and
gift shops. If it's simple living
you desire, or a quick break from the fast life,
Waynesville and the surrounding communities offer
plenty of relaxation, fun, and entertainment.
Fish one of the crisp cool rivers and streams,
the renowned Cold Mountain (from the movie),
and snowboard the surrounding slopes, or just
sit under one of the shade trees that line
NC has about 10,000 of America's friendliest people,
all living at the perfect 2,500 - 3,000 feet in
Speaking of down
town, you can tour one of Waynesville's
art galleries, visit the local
general store, photograph your children with
banjo-playing metal art statures, or grab a tasty
French bread sandwich at one of the local
Situated conveniently near Asheville - the new "Beer
Capital of the Eastern U.S. - you will enjoy the
many micro-brewed beers the area has to offer.
Shops and stores line both sides of
stretch. A 19th century courthouse rests under
200-year-old Oak trees at one end, while a newly
renovated police station can be found at the other.
No one is in a hurry, people drive very slow, and
crosswalks are respected.
historic "Frog Level" district just below
the Waynesville courthouse area,
where the rail road runs through. It
gets its name from the for being close to
Richland Creek. When flooding
occurred, the frogs would move to the higher
elevation. Ok, so there's not much to
the name. I agree. But, there
are several retail businesses that call Frog
Level home. Each year in spring, a
street festival called "The Whole Bloomin'
Thing" offers thousands of visitors a
Waynesville NC is a
simple small American town nestled inside lush
mountain peaks. There are four seasons here,
including an infamous autumn, which sets the
North Carolina mountains on fire during October
and November with
brilliant orange and red fall foliage. A
common statement often heard by locals is, "I wasn't
born here, but I got here as fast as I could!"
If you are planning
to visit our beloved Waynesville NC be forewarned:
you will enjoy your visit so much that you may end
up moving here!
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Town of Waynesville NC |
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About Waynesville NC
Waynesville NC Population
Change Since 2000: +10.4%
Males: 4,560 (47%)
Females: 5,220 (54%)
Median Resident Age: 47
North Carolina Median Age:
Waynesville NC Zip
are a variety of
hotels in Waynesville NC. Whether
you are lookin for a night's stay or a
summer, you can find exactly what you are
looking for in lodging here. View a
list of top
cabin rentals, or
inns. If you are bringing your
recreational vehicle, you may be interested
in one of the
Waynesville's RV Parks. For those
of you who desire to live under the stars,
camp grounds page. If you want to
feel like you're at home, discover the many
bed and breakfast lodgings available.
For those who enjoy the good things in life,
stay at one of
Waynesville's country clubs or
There are a
number of restaurants in Waynesville.
It just depends on what you are looking for.
Mexican restaurants, and good ole'
country eateries. If you desire a
French bread sandwich or some other type of
bistro food, try one of our
buffets. Want to have a drink with
your burger? We have several
bar and grills to wet your whistle. Or,
are you looking for a place to enjoy that
coffee. No worries. We have
coffee & espresso shops. Perhaps
you're in the mood for a thick and juicy
rib-eye steak. Then, check out our
steak houses. Got a hankering for
the flavor of the ocean. There are
seafood restaurants in Waynesville.
Whatever you desire, it is certain that
Waynesville NC knows food. We have
just about any style of restaurant available
in any small town.
about moving the Waynesville? Well,
you're going to need a good
Waynesville NC real estate agent. We can
recommend several that will be more than
happy to assist you in your search for a new
home. Whether you are looking to buy a
new home or rent out your cabin for the
winter, visit one of these recommended
Waynesville realtors. You'll be
glad you did!
rent a cabin in Waynesville NC?
The area is loaded with choices. There
are log cabins and cottages situated near
small streams, rocking chairs on on the
porches, and scenery from the Gods
themselves. From full-sized log cabins
to small, cozy 1-bedroom cottages, all can
be had. Some
cabin rentals are within walking
distance of the
Blue Ridge Parkway... Others rest on the
creek's edge. Expect to pay from about
$125 a night.
are a number of
spas, day spas, and
golf resort spas in the area. The
Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa is
arguably the best one around. If
offers spectacular views of the
Blue Ridge Mountains and
Great Smoky Mountains, as well as a
golf course. If you don't mind
traveling, there are several more spas
within half an hour.
North Carolina receives typically 40" - 60"
of annual snowfall. Most slopes are
open for about 130 days. If skiing or
snowboarding is your thing, then you have to
Waynesville's top ski slope, the
Cataloochee Ski Area! You can also
check out nearby slopes at Appalachian Ski
Mountain, Ski Beech Resort, Ski Sapphire
Valley, Sugar Mountain Resort, and Wolf