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• Canton Area Historical Museum — Displays on the town’s history, starting with its early settlement. The museum is in the Visitor’s Center at 36 Park St. 828.646.3412.
• Colonial Theater — The historic Colonial Theatre was built in 1932 and renovated in 1992 and again in 2006 giving the town a multi-use facility with state of the art film, video and sound equipment. Movies are often shown there, and community events held. 828.648.2363.
• Murals — Many downtown buildings in Canton have large murals, making a walking tour fun. The town’s bandits are still locked up in a small plaza located between Main and Bridge Streets.
• Old Pressley Sapphire — Flume for sapphires and other gems. One of world’s largest blue sapphires was discovered here, earning the a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Open seven days a week. Exit 33 off I-40. 240 Pressley Rd. 828.648.6320
• Pigeon River Scenic Walking Trail — This mile and a half walking trail is located along the beautiful Pigeon River in Canton. Along the length of the trail are benches to relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery and wildlife. Further along downstream you’ll find a boat access ramp for those wishing to canoe or fish. Also a great place to feed ducks and geese.
• Shook Museum — The museum is located in the recently restored Shook-Smathers House, originally constructed in the federal and late Victorian periods and thought to be the oldest home in Haywood County. The house includes several antiques and a chapel on the third floor. 178 Morgan Street in Clyde. 877.620.2300.