Haynes Historical Society: “It” should be a hit

Published 11:07 pm Monday, November 11, 2019

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Anderson “Andy” Haynes’ topic for his address at the Tryon Historical Museum at 5:30 p.m. on November 20 requires some explanation. Those who guess “It” to be a new intelligent computer program would be wrong. 

“It’ in Haynes’ talk refers Tryon’s first “it” couple…Maurice “Lefty” and Nora Flynn. To those not hip, even more information is needed. Haynes elaborated.

“In Washington, D.C., for instance, Jackie and John Kennedy were an “it” couple, the couple everyone wanted to meet and mingle with…who people aspired to get close to,” explained Haynes.

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To date, the Haynes have lived in Tryon for 143 years, so perhaps it was the Flynns who sought out contact with this well established family when they moved to Tryon, not the other way around.

Regardless, Lefty became Haynes’ father’s best friend, and Godfather to Haynes’ brother. His mother oversaw the Flynn’s accounts. To paraphrase quip maker Satchel Paige, “carin’ for society [of the F. Scott Fitzgerald generation] ain’t exactly restful” and Nora, remembered as tons of fun but very disorganized, definitely needed tending.

What Haynes will bring to his talk is his access to this glamorous couple—Lefty, champion college athlete then movie star and Nora, one of the glorious Langhorne sisters of Virginia. The sisters grew up at a self created (by their father) version of the antebellum antebellum South, where they were raised to be perfect Southern belles and to marry well.  

Beside Nora there was Irene, married to Charles Dana Gibson and his model for the “Gibson Girl”, the ideal beauty for her time. Sisters Nancy and Phyliss took English society by storm with their Southern charm and horsemanship in the fox hunting field. Both married English lords. Nancy, Lady Astor, was the first woman to serve in Parliament.

Haynes’ interesting childhood concluded with prep school at St. Andrews in Delaware and Trinity College in Connecticut, from which he earned a B.A, taking his Juris Doctor’s degree from UNC. 

Haynes has practiced law in Tryon for 46 years and has been married to his wife Linda for 43 of those. The couple has two married sons, Robert and Morgan.

Haynes’ law practice specializes in Real Estate and Estate Planning and Management. For Haynes’ service to his community… one of his top priorities…and his professional practice, Hayes recently was inducted in the N.C. Bar Association’s Legal Practice Hall of Fame. 


Haynes’ upcoming lecture, like all events at the Tryon Historical Museum, is free and open to the public. The museum is located at 26 Maple Street, Tryon.

Submitted by Jackie Burke