By D. Lanier Shook April 8, 2014
When you can find four towns snuggled together within a few minutes drive of a major metropolis, there’s no reason not to visit. That’s only one reason to visit Tryon-Landrum-Columbus-Saluda. They offer great shopping, dining, and arts less than an hour from Asheville and Greenville. They’re even closer to Hendersonville and Spartanburg.
The commitment to the arts is obvious in all four of these towns. One of the most striking examples in the Nina Simone Plaza in Tryon. This sculpture’s fluid exquisiteness will stop you in your tracks. Its located just south of the theater in downtown Tryon.
Nina Simone — born in Tryon— was a Grammy award winning musician and a civil rights pioneer. You can find out more about her life and the Plaza by visiting one of these links.
- NinaSimone.com, a site dedicated to her and her legacy
- Her Wikipedia page
- The University of NC’s Commemorative Landscape page about the Plaza
- The Amazing Page by the Tryon Downtown Development Association which features a video of the Plaza’s dedication