Tryon, North Carolina: Morris the Wooden Toy Horse

A large wooden toy horse honors Tryon, where the wooden-horse-on-wheels toy was first made in 1916. Various versions of the big horse have stood in town since 1928 -- the latest was unveiled in 2012 -- but they've all been made of wood.
Address:
N. Trade St., Tryon, NC
Directions:
On I-26 get off at the Columbus, NC exit and head east down hwy 108, Lynn Road, road branches go left and stay on 108 to Tryon. You come to a stoplight, bear to the left and you will be on US Hwy 176 - N. Trade Street, go straight into the small town and you will soon see the horse on the right across from the old movie theater.
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Morris the Tryon Horse

Morris was originally created for the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club for use as a billboard of sorts for club events. He was on wheels and could be hauled through town by a team of horses to stand ring- or track-side at horse shows and the annual steeplechase. The current Morris stays in the center of town and is still occasionally used to promote the steeplechase. He gets a large wreath around his neck for the winter holiday season. A smaller version has been made for use in modern parades.

[Kasey Minnick, 04/25/2019]

The Tryon Horse historical marker.

Tryon Wooden Horse

Even more interesting than the Tryon Horse is the statue of jazz performer Nina Simone, which is down the street from the horse. It takes effort to get to Tryon.

[Chris Pearson, 04/08/2012]

Toy horse.

Tryon Toy Horse

Symbol of the town. A larger first version was built in 1928 for a parade at the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club show. Was built by two boys employed at Tryon Toy Makers. This latest version is scaled-down but is still quite large.

Is a representation of the famous miniature horse-on-wheels first made in 1916 and designed by Toy Makers founder Eleanor Vance. This is a wonderful area and a great town to visit.

[Bill Carter, 03/28/2010]

Judging from the ad banner on it, the symbol of the town doesn't get much respect...

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