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At the peak of railroad expansion in 1885, Tryon was incorporated. "Miss Clara" Edwards purchased the hotel with 36 rooms and expanded it to 66. The population density was 955.0 people per square mile (369.3/km²).
44.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 28.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.Each village had a peace chief, war chief, and priest and survived through growth of vegetables, hunting and fishing.In search of gold, de Soto explored the Asheville area and met with Cherokee Indians in Xuala, the area now known as Tryon.The center's theatre seats 345 individuals and has a system for the hearing impaired.Established in 1960, Tryon Arts and Crafts provides the community with creative opportunities "through education, instruction, and expression of heritage and contemporary arts and crafts" created and showcased at the school.The French attempted to ally themselves with the Cherokees, who had been loyal to the British, encouraged the Shawnees to raid settlements of the English and were allied with the Creeks.
As conflict and tension increased, defensive forts were constructed, one of which was the "Block House" near Tryon.
Males had a median income of $35,956 versus $23,333 for females. About 7.9% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.2% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.
More than half of Tryon's full-time residents are "transplants" from other areas of the country, some of whom have helped to create the cultural center that continues to attract other writers, educators, artists and professional people like themselves to the Tryon area.
Located in the escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the area is a center for outdoor pursuits, equestrian activity and fine arts.
Tryon Peak and the Town of Tryon are named for William Tryon, Governor of North Carolina from 1765 to 1771 in recognition of his negotiation with the Cherokee for a treaty during a bloody period of conflict during the French and Indian War. Archaeological evidence dates their occupation of the site to the end of the last Ice Age more than 11,000 years ago and semi-permanent villages appeared by 8,000 B. They later settled in towns with a democratic political structure, religion, domesticated crops, pottery and skilled, powerful archery.
In the spring of 1776 Cherokee met on Round Mountain and planned an attack on the "Block House", Earl's Fort in Landrum, South Carolina and Young's Fort near the current town of Mill Spring, North Carolina.