The Burnsville Town Square is the 2014 “People’s Choice: Great Public Place”. This recognition from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association is quite remarkable considering the strong competition that included Raleigh’s Pullen Park and Manteo’s Downtown Waterfront Boardwalk.
Named after Captain Otway Burns, a naval hero of the War of 1812, the town of Burnsville was founded in 1834. A statue of Captain Burns sits atop a granite pedestal in the center of the town square, and is surrounded by lush greenery and decade old hardwood trees.
The Burnsville Town Square serves as a central gathering place for the community throughout the year. The largest event to take place at the Burnsville Town Square is the Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair. The crafts fair, celebrating its 58th year, is considered to be the oldest and largest outdoor crafts fair in the southeast with over 200 area crafters in attendance.
We congratulate Burnsville on the recent award and we are proud to call this special place our hometown!