A few days ago my husband and I decided to visit Tryon North Carolina. To my surprise there are several bookstores in Tryon. So I decided to do a post on the bookstores of Tryon North Carolina. Tryon is a fairly small mountainous town. It is picturesque in its own way. I didn’t really get to explore all of Tryon, so I don’t know its history, but if you’re looking for a small town detour, Tryon is a good place to go.
I counted four bookstores in Tryon, I only got to go in two. There are two that I honestly had no idea what the hours were. It was a shame because one was an antiquarian bookstore, and those are awesome. There used to be an antiquarian bookstore in Dahlonega, Ga which was just awesome. I’m not going to complain too much about that though because now there is an awesome chocolate shop in its place.
Location: On the main street
The Book Shelf was one of the bookstores that was open when I was in Tryon. I did venture inside, unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling so awesome, so I didn’t get to browse this store to the extent that I should have. The Book Shelf mainly sells new books, that I could tell. The front shelf as soon as you walk in the store is composed of local authors. I hadn’t heard of any of them and I really would’ve have liked to pick up a book by a local author, but there just wasn’t anything that struck my fancy.
I did buy a book from The Book Shelf though. I bought a copy of Boone by Robert Morgan. I have already read Gap Creek by Robert Morgan, which is a well-written book and full of details about life in the Carolinas. Boone, is a biography about Daniel Boone, whom I am related to, so I bought the book. It will be interesting to see how someone who also writes fiction chooses to portray Daniel Boone.
Location: Maple Street
This was the second book shop in Tryon that I got to peruse, again, I wasn’t feeling too well, so it didn’t get the perusal it deserved. This book shop sells used books and there are quite a few. There are pictures of Thomas Wolfe, Carl Sandburg and a few other authors of the Carolinas throughout the shop. It’s a little dark inside, but it’s quite interesting. There are sections for both local authors and authors from the Carolinas. There were also some very interesting looking homesteading books near the front of the shop. There was a volume of poetry by Carl Sandburg I was eying up, but since I didn’t feel well, I didn’t pursue the book. That means I am going to have to go back sometime and check this shop out again.
Location: The main street
This is the antiquarian book shop which I did not get to go into. That is quite unfortunate. I don’t know about its business status, but I could see books and bookshelves through one of the doors. There were no hours listed for this book shop. I guess you show up when it’s open and if it’s not open, too bad. I really would have liked the chance to go into this bookshop to look around. I can’t really give a good review of the shop because I didn’t actually get to go in. Maybe when you go to Tryon, it will be open and you can tell me what it was like.
Location: on the main street, right next door to Noah’s Ark Book Attic
This one I am not too enthused about, but I know there are people who would enjoy it. It seems to carry less volume than the other stores, but also included a free lending library as far as I could tell. It wasn’t open when I went, and, honestly, I probably wouldn’t have went in. I’m not really a Christiany-sciencey type of person.
Looking in through the window, it did seem that it was a possibility that you could go there and read for a while. There were chairs and it seemed like someone did take the time to set up a semi-comfortable environment.
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