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Brevard Department Stores Were Popular

This week Picturing the Past will look inside a few of Brevard's former department stores. General stores had been popular in most communities in the 1800s. They were normally small structures and...

 

Beauty Shops Focused On More Than Hair

Last week's Picturing the Past mentioned that Smith's Barber Shop also had a women's department. According to Smith's obituary, Dock Ramsey's wife managed that part of the shop and did the first hair...

 

Barber Shops Were Busy Businesses

Like drug stores and cafes, barber shops and beauty shops were important businesses in mid-20th century downtowns across America. People were able to take care of their shopping, banking and other nee...

 

Gaither's Was Brevard's Longest Operating Restaurant

Since the early 1900s, downtown Brevard has been home to numerous cafes and restaurants. The earliest mention of a local restaurant found in the Sylvan Valley News is for Jim Aiken's Restaurant and Ba...

 

Drug Stores Offered Wide Variety Of Services

In the early to mid-1900s small towns often had two or three drug stores. They offered medication prepared by a pharmacist and first aid supplies. Sundry items including books, magazines, school or...

 

Beulah May Zachary Worked In Early TV

Beulah May Zachary was born in Brevard to Beulah McMinn and Woodford William Zachary on Aug. 13, 1911. She was the youngest of four children and her father died when she was just over two years old....

 

The Toxaway Inn Was Demolished In 1947

Last week Picturing the Past looked back at Transylvania County in 1912, 1927, and 1937. This week the journey to yesterday's news by decade continues with events of 1947, 1957, and 1967. The once...

 

Tannery, Camp Opened In Early 1900s

A look back at the headlines of yesteryear offers a glimpses at what was occurring in Transylvania County 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, and 100 years ago. This week Picturing the Past will focus on one news sto...

 

X-ray Machines Used To Help Fit Shoes

The x-ray shoe fitter was a fluoroscope machine used to aid in the fitting of shoes. Three different individuals, all from Milwaukee, claimed to have invented the machine in the early 1920s. The...

 

U.D.C. Started First Transylvania Library

The United Daughters of the Confederacy or U.D.C. is a patriotic organization of women descended from those who served for the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War. Founded in Nashville, Tenn. in...

 

John Sledge Brought Television To County

Television, like radio had previously, opened up the world to people across America by providing quick access to news and events. Television added images to the experience. The first television...

 

Shaffer Ran Rosman Logging Business

Shaffer Lumber was an unincorporated sole-proprietorship logging business owned and operated by Eugene A. Shaffer. Shaffer moved his young family to Rosman from Pennsylvania in 1910 to log the rugged...

 

WPNF Was First Commercial Radio Station

Radio broadcast experiments began in the early 1900s and became practical by 1920. Amateur radio enthusiasts all across the country could obtain experimental licenses to broadcast at very limited...

 

Quilts Are An Important Part Of Heritage

Quilts are an important piece of our heritage. They offer insight into the social, cultural, and economic history of an area. A quilt is defined as two layers of fabric, frequently with some form of...

 

Parking Meters Were Common In Brevard

"Parking Meters Here Will Go Into Operation Friday Morning." In search of much needed revenue for street repairs, expansion of the city sewer and water system, and alleviation of parking problems,...

 

Oral Traditions Are Essential To History

Oral history is defined as the collection and study of historical information using sound recordings of interviews with people who have personal knowledge of past events. In the past, oral tradition...

 

Sadie North Was Known As A 'Human Dynamo'

Sadie North was born on May 25, 1875, in Brunswick, Ga., although her death certificate and obituary incorrectly list her birthplace as Illinois. Her family left Georgia for western North Carolina...

 

Bill Chappell Part Of Fiddling Tradition

Music is an integral part of our local culture. Appalachian mountain music derives from the traditions of the immigrants who came from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales and settled in this region...

 

Lookout Towers Played Role In Preserving Forests

Lookout towers played a vital role in forest history for over a half-century. In 1910 the U.S. Forest Service was devastated by the loss of 85 firefighters, 8 billion board feet of timber, and 5...

 

Architectural Surveys Provide Excellent Information

JHPC (Joint Historical Preservation Commission) architectural survey files are an excellent source of information for historical structures in Transylvania County. Many of the photographs of homes...

 

Sid Barnett And Sons Were Talented Tradesmen

Industry, large and small, has played a major role in the development of Transylvania County. Throughout the mid- and late-20th century, Ecusta and DuPont were the largest industries and major...

 

County Had Hosiery Mills In Rosman, Brevard

Hosiery mills were a common industry during the first half of the 20th century. There were well over a hundred hosiery mills in North Carolina. Although the majority were located in Alamance,...

 

Franklin Hotel Offered Several Amenities

The Franklin Hotel opened in Brevard in July 1900. J. Frances Hayes and his business partners had purchased the Hendersonville-Brevard Railway Telegraph and Telephone Company, renamed it Transylvania...

 

Estatoe Path Was First Major Road In County

The Estatoe Path was likely the earliest road through what is today Transylvania County. Long before Europeans ventured into the area, a path was being carved through the valleys between the higher mo...

 

Devil's Courthouse Is A Popular Destination

Devil's Courthouse is a popular sightseeing stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway, but it is much more than just a nice view. The highest point is 5,720 feet above sea level and offers a 360 degree view....

 

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