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Cradle Of Forestry Preserves History

The Cradle of Forestry in America was officially dedicated in October 1964. The goal was to show the role of forestry in the Appalachian Mountains and throughout the U.S., both today and in the past....

 

Boarding Houses Vital To Local Economy

Boarding houses were a vital part of the local economy from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s. Tourism brochures dating from around 1907 through 1929 invite "vacationists" to relax in the...

 

Record Rainfall Set On July 16, 1916

During July 1916, western North Carolina, along with much of the southeastern U.S., suffered massive flooding when two hurricanes struck the region. The first, on July 5-6, came up from the Gulf of Me...

 

Rowell Bosse Created Historical Archives

Rowell Bosse's interests in hiking, botany and history led him to spend more than 20 years working to preserve the history of Transylvania County. The North Carolina Bartram Trail Society was...

 

Rowell Bosse Served Country, County

The Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room at the Transylvania County Library is named for local historian Rowell Bosse. Bosse was born on July 16, 1911 to William Thomas and Effie DeLong Bosse. He had two...

 

Ecusta Promoted Recreational Opportunities For Employees

The March 1940 issue of the Ecusta Echo expressed the need for an athletic program. The goals of the program were to get employees outdoors, provide physical exercise, add to work efficiency and...

 

Early County Sheriffs Served Many Roles

Since Transylvania County was created in 1861 there have been 27 different sheriffs. Last week's Picturing the Past briefly mentioned some of the activities of two of Transylvania County's earliest sh...

 

Robert Hamilton Was The First Sheriff Of Transylvania County

The early minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for Transylvania County contain a wealth of information about the development of the county during the Civil War and through the...

 

Library Preserves Firefighting History

The Local History Room of the Transylvania County Library worked with the Brevard Fire Department to preserve materials from their collection. Photographs were scanned and added to the collection at...

 

Silversteen, Osborne Help Boy With Cleft Palate

Joseph Silversteen is credited for helping bring industry to Transylvania County in the early 1900s. In "A History of ...Estatoe Ford, Jeptha, Toxaway, Eastatoe...Rosman, N.C." Rebecca Suddeth states,...

 

Silversteen Built Logging Empire In Rosman

The first train rolled into Toxaway on the Transylvania Railroad Company's newly extended line from Brevard on Sept. 1, 1900. Two years later the railroad would reach Lake Toxaway and the Toxaway...

 
 By Marcy Thompson    Features    May 9, 2016

Early Columns Reveal Social Activities

Browsing through the "Personal Mention" column of early newspapers readers learn about the social lives of local residents. Visits by out-of-town guests, business trips, trips to see friends and...

 
 By Marcy Thompson    Features    May 2, 2016

Community Suppers Are Traditional Events

Community suppers have long been popular events at the community centers throughout the county. Local residents get together for socials gatherings, benefits or fundraisers, and to share their...

 

Local Cookbooks Have Always Been Popular

Culinary arts have boomed in popularity over the last several years. Whether watching the latest cooking program on television, reading popular fiction such as Diane Mott Davidson's culinary...

 

Early Doctors Resided On West Probart

This week Picturing the Past is returning to West Probart Street for a look at the homes of two of Brevard's early doctors, Dr. Mitchell King and Dr. Charles Hunt, located on the north side of the...

 

Gash Worked For Prestigious Metropolitan Museum Of Art

Margaret Avery Gash was born to Thomas Lenoir and Dovie Ann Deaver Gash near Brevard in 1873. The Gash and Deaver families were instrumental in the early development of Transylvania County and...

 

Kilpatricks Were Leading Brevard Builders

Branson's North Carolina Business Directory, 1896 lists Kilpatrick Brothers Building in Brevard. Chester Columbus and Robert Porter Kilpatrick were sons of Benjamin and Mary Kilpatrick. Both worked...

 

Renowned Architect Built Several Brevard Homes

Architect Richard Sharp Smith was born and educated in England. He immigrated to the United States in 1882 and in 1886 began working for Richard Morris Hunt in New York. Hunt sent Smith to Asheville...

 

West Probart Was Residential Focus In 1900s

In the early 1900s West Probart Street was one of the most desirable streets to live on in Brevard. The residential area stretches for a little over half a mile beginning at Caldwell Street. It is...

 

School Annuals Are Social Historical Records

School annuals are a popular resource in the Local History Room at the Transylvania County Library. Annuals offer an opportunity to reminisce but they can also be valuable historical reference...

 

Carpenter Wrote Columns On Farm Life

In 1964 Transylvania County's economy was strong. The population was just over 16,000. Olin, DuPont and Mitchell-Bissell were the leading industrial employers. The Rosman Research Station had opened...

 

Outbuildings Served Multiple Purposes

Farms in Transylvania County, both in the past and more recently, have been relatively small and general in nature. They may have a variety of livestock including cattle, chickens and pigs. Earlier...

 

Old Barns Reflect Vital Role Of Farming

Agriculture is a vital piece of Transylvania County's economy. Farms, large and small, have played a major role in the development of the county. Agriculture statistics from 1870-1950 for...

 

County Homes Receive Special Designation

Locally designated historic landmarks featured in previous articles have been within the city of Brevard; however, there are also several properties located outside of the city. These include the Alli...

 

Galloway-Radford House Added As Landmark

As an update to the Jan. 4, 2016 Picturing the Past article, there are 21 locally designated Historic Land-marks. The Galloway-Radford House was added this past summer. Thomas C. Galloway was born Nov...

 

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