Local history should be preserved

Published 11:22 am Thursday, March 31, 2022

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My husband and I are locals who relocated to Tryon from the West over 5 years ago for the equestrian activities and rich history of this great little town. 


Being an equestrian, I immersed myself into the history of Tryon, talking to the equestrian folks that grew up here, looking at old pictures of Harmon Field, reading about the founders of the area like Carter Brown and visiting the Pine Crest Inn. 

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I have driven the same route for 5 years and have always marveled at the glorious ‘house on the hill’ known as The Cotton Patch, site of the 56 Olympic equestrian team, and the heart of ‘Hunting Country’. And there, before my eyes, were bulldozers, razing this glorious house that had been fully restored over the years by the previous owner. All that history, and beauty of 80+ years just bulldozed to the ground like an uninhabitable piece of rubbish.


I can’t wrap my head around why the new owner would do such a thing, with enough money to buy literally anywhere, to purchase land and build (another) dream home. This is simply such a waste, not only of money and resources, but a total disregard of what makes Tryon the reason that people come here. It’s history.  


Wendy Kester

Tryon, NC