Haywood County, established in 1808, is the third-largest county in Western North Carolina after Buncombe and Henderson. Its a place teeming with boundless outdoor activities, excellent theater arts, great restaurants, crafts, breathtaking mountain views and all kinds of amenities to enjoy. It's comprised of five communites; Waynesville (the County seat), Maggie Valley, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde, and the former small community of Hazelwood (now part of Waynesville) plus all of the beauty in and around the county.
The Town of Waynesville has over 10,000 residents and is the largest town west of Asheville. Waynesville's downtown Main Street is the pride of WNC, with bountiful shops, restaurants and community activites taking place year-round, but is not only designed for tourists, but possess a functionality for the residnts with doctors offices, real estate offices, CPA's, churches and other businesses for the townfolk. www.haywood-nc.com
Of special pride to the community, Haywood County is home to two of Western North Carolina's most popular attractions; Folkmoot USA and Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, also known as HART. Folkmoot features international dance and musical groups from around the world which converge in WNC's community venues to perform and entertain. 2011 series runs from July 21-31. Folkmoot traces its roots to 1973 when Dr. Clinton Border, a Waynesville surgeon, traveled to England with local square dance team for a folk festival and got the idea to bring Folkmoot to WNC. The first Folkmoot concerts were presented in 1984.Most of the performances require tickets, but two of events are free: the Parade of Nations and International Festival Day.
HART is state of the art theater not far from downtown Waynesville and puts on a number of plays and musicals. Its become one of WNC's most popular performance groups with a stellar season of theatrical offerings. The volunteer based theater was founded in 1985. www.harttheatre.com
The information above from article in Asheville Citizen-Times.