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Tryon Fine Arts Center


34 Melrose Ave
Tryon, NC 28782
Phone: 828-859-8322

Located in the heart of Tryon, the Fine Arts Center has been a focus for entertainment and the arts since 1969. View outstanding performances or learn a new craft. Affiliates include Carolina Camera Club, Tryon Arts and Crafts, Tryon Little Theater, Tryon Concert Association, and Tryon Painters and Sculptors.

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Polk County’s more than 50 restaurants represent an extremely wide variety available to suit any taste and budget. Fast food restaurants include McDonalds, Bojangles, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Hardee’s, Taco Bell, Subway,  Burger King, Wendy’s.  Other restaurant styles include Steak, Chinese, Mexican, Italian. Many inns and lodges also include dining in their facilities.

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Retail and Shopping

Town centers offer a variety of retail outlets.  Grocery stores (three major chains), hardware stores, appliance, flooring, clothing boutiques, gift and drug stores all service resident needs.  More expansive shopping, including high-end outlets can be found in nearby retail centers of Spartanburg, Hendersonville, Forest City and Asheville.

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There are more than 55  religious congregations in Polk County representing a variety of  Protestant, Catholic and other beliefs. All major protestant religions are represented with the largest number of adherents belonging to the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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Arts & Culture

Home to a community theater, a choral society, and a multiple arts organization, Polk County provides an array of artistic and cultural entertainment. The Tryon Little Theatre is the third oldest and one of the largest community theatres in North Carolina. In addition to its productions and educational classes, the Theatre also provides entertainment opportunities ranging from karaoke to a series of movie nights. Like the Tryon Little Theater offers a range of plays and musicals as well as educational classes and other opportunities for youth. The Tryon Little Theater offer productions each year as well.

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Sports & Recreation

Outdoors sports and recreation is an integral part of Polk’s lifestyle. Sports activities span the spectrum from the mild (tennis, golf, biking, hiking, youth school sports programs) to the extreme (kayaking, mountain climbing, off road biking, equestrian sports). County sponsored  ball parks, trails, pool and tennis courts offer residents many opportunities to get active.

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Foothills Chamber of Commerce

The Foothills Chamber of Commerce serves Polk County and Landrum, SC and focuses on insuring the continuous economic support of local businesses.  The Chamber encourages new businesses and industries to locate here while enhancing the quality of life. Programs include sponsoring SCORE, leadership development, After Hours networking events, publishing a Chamber Directory, offering small business grants among other activities. The Chamber sponsors the annual Blue Ridge Barbeque Festival.


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Quality of Life

Polk County offers an exceptional quality of life that contributes to a highly desirable place for business to attract and keep skilled workers with:

  • A moderate climate
  • Culturally rich community in history and the arts
  • World class outdoor activities
  • Wide range of recreational opportunities for all interests
  • Quality health care
  • Low construction cost
  • Low cost of living

Cost of Living

Cost of Living Polk, NC United States
Overall 96 100
Food 102 100
Utilities 98 100
Miscellaneous 103 100

Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Polk County, NC is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Polk County, NC is more expensive.

Overall, Polk County, NC cost of living is 96.00.

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Health Care

St. Luke’s Hospital, Columbus, NC

Long recognized for providing “high touch” healthcare, St. Luke’s Hospital provides residents of the Carolina Foothills with “high tech” services such as all digital diagnostic imaging capabilities, 24-hour physician-staffed Emergency Department, impressive surgical services, advancements in orthopedic surgery and physical rehab, exceptional clinical care and respectful geriatric-psychiatric care.

St. Luke’s Hospital has been an important part of the Carolina Foothills’ history, meeting the healthcare needs of this area for more than 80 years. Small in size, St. Luke’s Hospital is big in heart for the personalized care and compassion extended to patients and their families. The individualized attention and teamwork our staff display in caring for patients has helped St. Luke’s dispel the myth that bigger is better. Indeed, St. Luke’s Hospital provides exceptional care, close to home.

* Fully accredited by The Joint Commission and licensed to operate 25 acute care beds and 10 geriatric psychiatric beds

* 24-hour physician-staffed Emergency Department

* Advancements in Orthopedic Surgery and Physical Rehab, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, lymphedema therapy and balance training

*Exceptional clinical care and attentive, personalized care for patients in the Intensive Care Unit, General Medical Surgical Unit and the Center of Behavioral Medicine

* Perioperative services and staff  support general surgery, orthopedics, urology, gynecology, dental, ophthalmology, GI diagnostics, infusion treatments, and anesthesia and post-anesthesia care on both an inpatient and outpatient basis

* St. Luke’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center provides one-on-one therapeutic care with licensed therapists using the latest exercise technology, treatment modalities and patient education. There is no cap limiting services for Medicare patients.

*St. Luke’s Center for Behavioral Medicine provides caring, respectful inpatient care for adults ages 55 + who suffer with mental health issues such as dementia, Alzheimer’s or depression.

* Ancillary services include full-service laboratory, inpatient pharmacy services, respiratory care, dietary support and digital imaging services. Images obtained by MRI, CT scan, nuclear medicine, mammography, bone densitometry and general x-ray can be viewed from remote locations.

*Industrial Health/Pre-employment Screenings

*Medical staff specializes in general and orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology, family practice, oncology, internal medicine, urology, gerontology, psychiatry, gynecology, cardiology, dermatology, dentistry, podiatry, radiology, pathology, emergency medicine, hospital medicine and neurology.

*Volunteers through the St. Luke’s Auxiliary contribute to provide special services and system support that assist St. Luke’s in providing attentive care and needed technology. For volunteer opportunities, please call 894-0895.

*St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation provides the framework for our community to support and sustain healthcare services through various tax-deductible programs and special events.

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Connectivity plays a vital role in the life of business in Our Polk. Telecommunications, fiber, wired and wireless connections all provide the powerful 21st century ingredients for increased capacity and enhanced prosperity.

Windstream, Charter Communications, ePolk and Pangaea have all made major investments in our technology infrastructure by strategically routing their high-tech architecture through major business and residential corridors in the county. Our Polk is connected to the world at gigabyte speed.

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Schools and education are an important part of Our Polk life. Our public school system serves over 2,600 students from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve in six schools throughout the county.

Test scores for students in grades 3-12 consistently rank the system among the top ten in North Carolina. Our SAT scores exceed state and national averages and have increased from 985 to 1063 since 2000.

Our public school system is ranked 25th among the 115 school systems statewide in local per-pupil spending. The teacher/student ratio of Our Polk is among the highest in North Carolina. Test scores demonstrate that Polk County students exceed both the North Carolina ABC Accountability Standards and the Adequate Yearly Progress Goals required by the Federal No Child Left Behind Legislation.

Our Polk pubic schools have approximately 200 classroom teachers with 100% of our teachers having met the highly-qualified-standard in 2005 – 20% above the NC state average. Nearly 50% of our staff holds graduate degrees ranking Our Polk third when compared to the other 115 school systems in North Carolina.

In our temperate climate, Polk County Public Schools are closed an average of four days a year due to inclement weather.

College and Universities within 30 miles of Our Polk include Isothermal Community College, Blue Ridge Community College in North Carolina, and Spartanburg Technical College, University of South Carolina Upstate, Converse College, and Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. For more info on colleges and universities, click here.

Additional School Statistics
Graduation Rate (2010) – 87.2%
Per Student Expenditures K-12 (2010) – $10,117
Asian Students Passing End of Grade Exams (2010) *
Percent With a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2009) – 25%
Black Students Passing End of Grade Exams (2010) – 65.3%
Hispanic Students Passing End of Grade Exams (2010) – 69.1%
Percent With High School Diploma (2005-2009) – 30%
Percent With Less Than High School Diploma (2009) – 18%
Students Passing End of Grade Exams (2010) – 70%
White Students Passing End of Grade Exams (2010) – 90%


Public Schools Polk County

Polk Central

2141 South NC9Hwy

Mill Spring
28756 9771

Regular School, Traditional Calendar


Polk County Early College

51 Walker Street


Regular School, Traditional Calendar


Polk County High

1681 East NC 108 Hwy

28722 9757

Regular School, Traditional Calendar


Polk County Middle

321 Wolverine Trail

Mill Spring

Regular School, Traditional Calendar


Saluda Elementary

214 E Main Street

28773 0127

Regular School, Traditional Calendar


Sunny View Elementary

86 Sunny View School Road

Mill Spring
28756 9699

Regular School, Traditional Calendar


Tryon Elementary

100 School Place

28782 2941

Regular School, Traditional Calendar



Non-Public Schools in Polk County – 2009-2010

There are no private schools in Polk County.  Private schools can be found in  neighboring Spartanburg Co (SC), Greenville County (SC), Henderson County, Rutherford County. *Source: State of North Carolina Dept. of Admin., Division of Non-Public Education, 2010 Directory of Non-Public Schools

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