Welsh immigrants came to Roane and nearby Scott County in the 1800s by way of Pennsylvania, with hopes to join the iron and coal industries. Enjoy this sidequest of fascinating lore about the mining industry, its use of forced convict labour that displaced these miners, and a few of their triumphs.
“The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.” ― Carl Sandburg
Tryon is the birthplace of Nina Simone, the “High Priestess of Soul” who had a voice synonymous to both the civil rights movement and simmering heartache.
Obviously we come here to take witchy photos and laugh like the big heathens we are before turning back around and going where we are meant to, but you could also continue along the BRP from this starting point until it ends in Waynesboro, Virginia.