Tryon's churches include: Grace Foothills Church (PCA) which meets in the historic Tryon Theatre, Tryon Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), Holy Cross Church & Chapel (Episcopal), Congregational Church, St.John the Baptist Catholic Church, First Baptist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church LCMS.The racial makeup of the town was 77.16% White, 21.02% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.68% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races.Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.25% of the population.The center's theatre seats 345 individuals and has a system for the hearing impaired.Established in 1960, Tryon Arts and Crafts provides the community with creative opportunities "through education, instruction, and expression of heritage and contemporary arts and crafts" created and showcased at the school.
More than half of Tryon's full-time residents are "transplants" from other areas of the country, some of whom have helped to create the cultural center that continues to attract other writers, educators, artists and professional people like themselves to the Tryon area.The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.66. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 68.9 males.In the town, the population was spread out with 16.7% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 19.6% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 37.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median income for a household in the town was ,449, and the median income for a family was ,485.Each village had a peace chief, war chief, and priest and survived through growth of vegetables, hunting and fishing.In search of gold, de Soto explored the Asheville area and met with Cherokee Indians in Xuala, the area now known as Tryon.
After a day or two, de Soto continued his journey with provisions provided by the Cherokee.