Seniors Discover Waynesville


Waynesville, the county seat of Haywood County, North Carolina, is the largest town in western North Carolina. Senior travelers will find Waynesville 25  miles west of Asheville.

The Town of Waynesville was incorporated in 1871 and today has a population of almost 10,000. Downtown Waynesville features the popular Mast General Store and senior visitors will find over a dozen galleries and a variety of antique shops, home furnishing centers and gift shops.


It is said that Waynesville is One Of North Carolina’s Best Kept Secrets. Be sure to visit the historic “Frog Level” district just below the Waynesville courthouse area.

Seniors Enjoy Town Founded By American Revolutionary War Soldier

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.


With the proximity to the natural wonders of The Great Smokey Mountains National Park, as well as, the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, the town is truly a place of recreational opportunity. Seniors can delight at the natural splendor of fall leaf changes, or view snow covered mountains during the winter.

Perhaps one of the town’s greatest assets is its unique and lively Main Street.  Downtown Waynesville has been entertaining folks for over 200 years. A special occasion in Waynesville is Folkmoot U.S.A. This event attracts entertainers from all over the world and features two free events in downtown each July

Seniors Find 5 Things Not To Miss


The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts housed in the historic Shelton House, showcases distinctive art, handicrafts, and furniture created by North Carolina artists, including intricate woodworking, weaving, quilting, pottery, dolls, a Native American room, and many other artifacts.

Five Things Not To Miss in Waynesville will keep senior visitors busy on their visit to this scenic town. Bring along a hungry palate and enjoy grits for breakfast and fried green tomatoes for dinner.


The town is nestled within the perfect setting of beautiful Appalachian mountain chains with many protected lands close by, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah National Forest, Harmen Den Wildlife Refuge, and Nantahala National Forest.

Seniors, set your GPS for Waynesville, North Carolina and enjoy the generosity, friendliness, and graciousness you will find in this scenic town.  -jeb



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