At the Swain County Administrative building in downtown Bryson City, there is an awesome Wall of History they have made in dedication to the people of the county who fought in wars from the Civil War to Vietnam, the areas churches, and the Fontana Dam displacement (those people who lost their homes due to the Fontana Dam coming in). As you walk around the building, there is another section with plaques stating the history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the North Shore History Historical Grief and Trauma, TVA and Fontana Dam, Swain County, and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee. They are also working on adding more to this area about other historical things like the Declaration of Independence. The Administrative building is right next to the Riverfront Park. There are no hours posted for this area, and we have been after dark to enjoy a meal at the pavilion area. You can sit back and enjoy the ducks swimming around in the Tuckaseegee River. This is a very popular area for the WNC painted rocks to be hidden and found as well. We have held a rock painting gathering at the campground and this is one of the places we go to put them out. We go back the next day to discover they have been found. It’s amazing how popular this little rock painting game has gotten for all ages. The wall at the administrative building in Swain County is a must see for anyone who likes to honor those from the past and the see it in person. The county did an amazing job with all the names of the people and the wall is gorgeous. It is a must see, even if you are just stopping in the Bryson to ride the train. Take the time to stop by to visit. It’s just across the street from where they park the steam engine. See our side album for all the pictures of this awesome wall.