“A charming 19th century railroad village”
Dillsboro is as close to stepping back in time as you will find in the Smokies. This quaint little town is full of arts, crafts and 19th century architecture. Hosting many events throughout the year and being a pass through point of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Dillsboro is a great day trip while you are in the Smoky Mountain area.
Named for the founder of the town, William Dills, Dillsboro was founded due to the railroad. When the Murphy Branch Railroad came to the area, a depot was founded at Dillsboro. Soon after that, as the railroad started to transition from industries such as logging to being a vehicle to bring tourist and visitors into the mountains, the town began to grow with the founding of the Jarret House. Throughout most of the 19th century, Dillsboro remained about the same, the downtown area around the old train depot has evolved into a series of craft shops and galleries. If you are looking for a quiet spot to fill in a day on your vacation, go roam the streets and downtown area of Dillsboro.
- 232 population
- 1,975 (average altitude)
- 35°22′11″N 83°15′4″W
- Jackson County
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- Dillsboro Chocolate Factory - When you are roaming through the streets of downtown Dillsboro, you are going to notice a smell in the air. The smell of chocolate. If you follow the fragrance through the air you will eventually end up at the Dillsboro Chocolate Factory. In this beautiful building, you will find a world filled with chocolate, candy … Continue reading "Dillsboro Chocolate Factory"
- History of Dillsboro, NC - Dillsboro was originally known as New Webster to distinguish it from the older Jackson County seat town just 3 miles to the East. In 1889, the state legislature approved the change of name to Dillsboro to honor William Allen Dills who had selected the site, locating it on his farm. The Dills house, which was … Continue reading "History of Dillsboro, NC"
- Jarrett House - The railroad has always been a vital part of Dillsboro, NC and the town’s economy, especially during the late 19th century. The train would bring travelers to town and many of those visitors would stop by the Jarrett House to rest, relax, and eat, while awaiting the connecting train. The house itself has since become … Continue reading "Jarrett House"
- Dillsboro, NC - “A charming 19th century railroad village” Dillsboro is as close to stepping back in time as you will find in the Smokies. This quaint little town is full of arts, crafts and 19th century architecture. Hosting many events throughout the year and being a pass through point of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Dillsboro is … Continue reading "Dillsboro, NC"