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Tryon’s Charm

Welcome to “The Friendliest Town in the South!” Tryon was named after North Carolina’s Colonial Governor William Tryon, who held office from 1764-1771. In 1877, the Southern Railway was laying track from South Carolina seaports to North Carolina, Tennessee and the Ohio Valley. It was at the peak of construction when Tryon received its town charter in 1885.

Tryon has been a center for equestrian competition since 1925 when Carter Brown founded the Tryon Horse and Hound Show. Every year, hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators enjoy what is now known as the Tryon Horse Show.

A famous resident of Tryon is Morris the Horse or The Tryon Horse. Morris is a large toy wooden horse located on Trade Street in downtown Tryon and has been the town mascot since 1928. He was built by two workers at the Tryon Toy Makers shop for the 1928 parade held in conjunction with the Tryon Horse Show. Today you can see Morris’s image displayed all around Tryon.

Tryon is also the birthplace of pianist, singer, composer and activist, Nina Simone. Her statue is located on Trade Street.

Serving Our Community

Tryon is a people-oriented community that values the arts, nature and the individuality of all persons. The town’s warmth and sense of togetherness is what brought our Managing Director, Mike Ashworth, to Tryon in 2010. He knew this was the right place to call home while visiting an elementary school for his children. Mike noticed its playground was in need of an update and was told that the school’s teachers were donating money each week to build a new one. Hearing the teachers’ dedication to bettering their school touched Mike’s heart, and he knew right then that he wanted to be part of this community.

Today, Mike and his team continuously sponsor and participate in the town’s events. He is a member of the Polk County School Board of Education and is an active supporter of local organizations such as Thermal Belt Outreach and Steps to Hope. Because God has blessed Mike and his team richly in their community, they are active stewards who are passionate about helping others and dedicated to serving their local residents.  

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