Tryon Receives National Trust Historic District

Tryon Receives National Trust Historic District

The Town of Tryon has received notification from the Director of the National Parks Service (NPS) that the NPS approved the Downtown Tryon Historic District for listing on the National Register of Historic Places in its 15 December 2015 meeting.  The Downtown Tryon Historic District includes both sides of North and South Trade Streets and the Norfolk Southern Railroad right-of-way between 98 N. and 55 S. Trade Streets, including the Rotary Clock Tower Plaza and the Nina Simone Plaza.

State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Preservation Specialist Annie McDonald–who facilitated both the Study List and the National Register application process–commended the Town of Tryon, the Tryon Downtown Development Association (TDDA) and the affected private property owners for their focused cooperation, across more than a decade, to accomplish this important cultural and economic development goal for downtown Tryon.

The National Register designation has a number of benefits for Tryon.  For example, “buildings within the designated district can apply for historic tax credits, creating incentives for new and existing businesses downtown,” said TDDA Executive Director Jamie Carpenter.  “The marketing benefits of being a designated historic district will last lifetimes as Tryon moves forward to promote its historic qualities, to attract new visitors, and to distinguish downtown Tryon as a destination,” she concluded.

Community Development Director Paula Kempton followed suit to comment that “the Town will work closely with the TDDA to ensure consistency and compliance with the intended plan so as to achieve the greatest possible benefits provided by the designation.”  Included in Kempton’s oversight will be acquisition of the much-prized, official, brown interstate signage, which is a demonstrated tourism driver.


The US Department of Interior’s statement on historic preservation succinctly sums up the importance of Tryon’s Historic District designation.  “The preservation of this irreplaceable heritage is in the public interest so that its vital legacy of cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, economic and energy benefits will be maintained and enriched for future generations of Americans.”


Submitted by Crys Armbrust