Tryon to tour new museum/visitor center Tuesday, Dec. 17

Published 10:27 pm Sunday, December 15, 2013

Tryon Town Council’s meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17 will include the swearing of new commissioners and mayor as well as a tour of the town’s new museum and visitor center.

The town is offering tours of the new museum/visitor center at town hall from 5 to 7 p.m. as well as after the regular meeting.

The meeting will be at the fire department beginning at 7 p.m.

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Tryon has been working over the past few months renovating town hall to add a new museum and visitor center in the front portion of the building. The museum/visitor center will be in the front offices, where at one time the town offices were located.

Commissioner elect Happy McLeod organized a committee to begin the museum and visitor’s center.

McLeod said some time back she was asked by newcomers, “Who is Carter Brown?”

“This simple question made me realize the need to preserve Tryon’s rich history of horses and equestrians, Toy Makers, the arts, vineyards, and of course it’s people, Tryon’s greatest asset,” McLeod said. “Telling Tryon’s story is the vision behind creating a town museum. Our uniqueness, what makes us special and sets us apart from other places is what will draw people here for a day, a week or a lifetime.”

The meeting also will include Christmas refreshments.

Newly elected Tryon Mayor Jim Wright will be sworn into office as well as newly elected commissioners Bill Ingham and McLeod. The current board will open the meeting and take care of old business and the new board will take over after being sworn in.

Wright will replace mayor Alan Peoples, with Ingham and McLeod replacing commissioners Doug Arbogast and Wim Woody. They will join commissioners George Baker and Roy Miller.