Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Great Mountain Vacation Destination - Waynesville, North Carolina

Waynesville is a town in, and the county seat of, Haywood County, North Carolina. It is the largest town in Haywood County and the largest in Western North Carolina west of Asheville. Waynesville is located about 30 miles southwest of Asheville between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 9,232 with an estimate (by the town government) of 10,000 as of early 2007. Waynesville is located just outside the Pisgah National Forest and is close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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 also has a connection to another war. With news of General Robert E. Lee's surrender traveling slowly, the American Civil War continued in Western North Carolina. The final shots of that war, east of the Mississippi River, were fired near Sulphur Springs and General James Martin surrendered honorably on May 9, 1865. The Town of Waynesville was incorporated in 1871. In July 1995 the Towns of Hazelwood and Waynesville merged into one community and continued to grow with a population today of almost 10,000.

What is Frog Level?
Waynesville began to see development after arrival of the railroad in 1884. The agricultural, lumber and tourism industries in Waynesville and Haywood County began to thrive as access to the west was opened up.
The area of Waynesville located along Richland Creek, northwest and down hill from Main Street, was where the railroad tracks were laid. Until this time the area had been essentially a swampland, with a few scattered buildings but no major development. Once the depot was built and the train arrived this section was developed. It was given the name of Frog Level. Frog Level was so named by the local community because of its low-lying location along Richland Creek, the "frog level" when the area flooded.

Why choose Waynesville as a destination for your mountain vacation? It's really quite simple: location, location, location. Waynesville is located centrally in Western North Carolina. This makes it a great place to put down roots while you branch off and explore the entire region and all it has to offer.

For a great place to stay while on your Western North Carolina adventure, come to Brookside Mountain Mist Inn. Our bed and breakfast offers all the amenities of a luxury accommodation with just a touch of rustic charm. Brookside Mountain Mist Inn is a single story, ranch-style Inn with all the comforts of home. You won't find any flimsy antiques or doilies here! See our 12-page travel guide for a complete list of all the attractions and activities in the area. Come for the scenery, stay for the adventure and let us be "Your Luxury Smoky Mountain Escape".

Carolyn Gendreau & Dina Giunta
Brookside Mountain Mist Inn

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