The Frog Level Historic District in Waynesville, the county seat of Haywood County, North Carolina, comprises approximately five acres. The district is northwest of Main Street, downhill from the county courthouse, and occupies a low lying area centered around Richland Creek and the railroad tracks.
While there were some businesses located along Main Street that pre-dated the arrival of the railroad, most of Main Street developed concurrently with Frog Level once the train arrived in 1884. Both areas expanded during roughly the same period of significance, but historically the Frog Level businesses were much more closely associated with the railroad industry in terms of serving as warehouses and wholesale centers. The first stopping place for tourists arriving in Waynesville was in Frog Level, with the livery businesses located there serving to carry visitors up the hill to the various inns and boarding houses. Frog Level businesses were different than most of those located along Main Street, and it was a commercial center in its own right.
The concentration of contiguous contributing buildings which comprise the historic district has changed only minimally from an architectural standpoint during the period of significance from ca. 1900 to 1949. These minimal changes include the addition of new materials and changing of historic configurations of a few of the storefronts, or application of modern materials which completely cover the facade, again only on a handful of the buildings. However, overall the area has retained its integrity in terms of architecture, setting, and its historical associations with the railroad and the commercial development it encouraged. Outside of the district to the southwest, southeast, and northeast is newer commercial development, with some newer residential areas located to the northwest.
There is so much rich history in our part of Western North Carolina, and yet so few of our residents, and even fewer of our visitors know about the history of Frog Level and its significance in the growth and prosperity of Waynesville.
Each Year, on the first Saturday of May, the Association Hosts the “Whole Bloomin Thing” Festival, currently in its 14th year. The Festival has become an annual event for many. The Association has several projects planned and is currently working towards hosting more Events in the future.
In 2015 the association developed a web site www.historicfroglevel.com and a professionally completed tourist brochure that has been placed throughout Haywood County and beyond. Visit our web site to learn of the many projects we are hoping to complete with the support of our sponsors, members and donations.
Our goal is to preserve the history, enrich the community for families and future generations to come. Our current Board Members want to improve the area, promote business and draw more attention to the history of this small community and direct residents and visitors to its unique shops, coffee café, local brewery, art gallery, antique shops, spa and much more to enjoy the culture that is so evident here
ALL OF OUR SPONSORS WILL BE LISTED ON OUR HFLMA WEBSITE
- Platinum – $1,000 and above
- Gold – $500 up to $999
- Silver –$101 to $499
- Bronze–$100 or less
Please fill out the form below, use the PayPal button after you hit send
or Download Historic Frog Level Shopping District Sponsor Donation FormV3 (PDF) fill out and send with your check to Historic Frog Level Merchant’s Association, P.O. Box 1575 Waynesville, NC 28786
Tax Exempt: The Frog Level Merchants Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization in which proceeds are used to improve Historic Frog Level, thus making it a more vital and attractive part of Haywood County. A past improvement was the installation of attractive pedestrian lighting along Depot and Commerce Streets serving to increase the appeal of this area as an extension of Main Street/Waynesville. We hope to continue the beautification of the area and attract more people to what has become an arts and antiques destination not only for locals, also out of town guests.