A few weeks back my husband and I took a drive over to Waynesville just west of us. This village with a population of about 10,000 people is surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains with peaks over 6000 feet. Its downtown has a surprising number of fine galleries and specialty shops.
The Town of Waynesville was founded in 1810 by Colonel Robert Love, an American Revolutionary War soldier. He donated land for the courthouse, jail, and public square, and named the town after his former commander in the war, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne.
Waynesville is Haywood County's oldest town with over a century of experience as a quaint mountain retreat. Even before the railroad made it easy to get here, visitors flocked to Waynesville for the cool, clean air, clean water, outstanding scenery and an opportunity to escape sweltering cities.
As you can see there is plenty of parking and wide red brick sidewalks to use. Most of the building facades are brick with colorful trim.
A few roses still bloomed in our late summer weather. We loved this metal sculpture display of country musicians set between two buildings. Don standing there shows how large the piece is.
The shops offered something for all - local crafts, hiking gear and whimsical t-shits like this one. Our resort towns have a very tongue in cheek attitude about the tourists - they provide our bread and butter but also can be quite a nuisance with their erratic driving, constant questions etc. The long alley below was quite refreshing on a hot day - the air just whipped up in between the buildings and cooled you off.
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