- Dillsboro, North Carolina
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Jackson County's seat and biggest town (pop. 5,000), traces its origins
to 1880. The town became the county's focal point when the Western North
Carolina Railroad rolled in during the summer of 1884, and Sylva was incorporated
in 1889. Three decades later, Sylva wrestled the county seat away from
Webster in a heated election, and the town has been at the core of county
commerce and industry since. Now designated a Main Street North Carolina
town, Sylva is home to one of North Carolina's largest recycling plants
and is busy revitalizing its early twentieth century Main Street.
is a walk-about town of shops, working studios, inns and restaurants, and
is home to the Great Smoky Mountains Railway excursion train. Dillsboro
retains many of its original buildings and much of its flavor, perhaps
more so than any town in the county. The popular Jarrett House country
inn is a town anchor; it opened in 1884 and has long been broadly popular
for its southern style food. Another focal point is the original home of
the Dills, which is now home to the thriving Riverwood Shops, a craft cooperative.
Dillsboro was founded in 1888 along the railroad, and was a thriving commercial
center until three floods just before the turn of the century devastated
the town. Most of the businesses then relocated to Sylva. The Great Smoky
Mountain Railway, founded in 1989, is the county's single largest tourist
attraction. It carried 177,000 passengers from its Dillsboro depot in 1997.
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