They say "once you get that Bynum mud between your toes, you'll always come back"
and that is exactly what has kept the town going since the 1800's.
Located off of Highway 15-501, Bynum was originally a cotton mill village set along the banks of the Haw River with the first mill built around 1872. As the mill grew, the town grew and became a vibrant community where neighbors knew each other and gathered together to celebrate and commiserate. In 1936, the Bynum General Store opened and was one of five stores in town. There was also a movie theater and a school. The mill closed in the 1970’s and Bynum’s community life started changing. Fast-forward to today, the mill is just a shell but the residents of Bynum are just as vibrant as years past and the longing to keep a community together continues to grow strong.
The Bynum Music Series began in 2001 as an effort among Bynum neighbors to create an event that would bring people to Bynum that could help sustain the Bynum General Store and Post Office, one of the only remaining historical business landmarks and social centers in the community. Unable to make a profit, the General Store's operator eventually closed the business in 2006.
To keep the community gathering place alive, Bynum neighbors banded together and created a non-profit organization called Bynum Front Porch. The organization creates family-friendly events and programs that celebrate the community’s rich history and bright future.
We are thrilled each year to present the Bynum Front Porch Music Series that takes place at the Bynum General Store every Friday night from May to August. It is open to the public and features a variety of bands spanning multiple musical genres including gospel, folk, blues, rockabilly and bluegrass. Other programs include the Bynum Front Porch Pickin’, various children’s programs and fundraisers.