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Museum's New Exhibit Is Opening Saturday – Brevard NC


The Transylvania Heritage Museum will open for the 2015 season on March 7. The new exhibit is "Davidson River: Land of the Free." This exhibit depicts the important role the Davidson River has played in the history of not one, but three counties: Buncombe, Henderson and Transylvania.

In the exhibit, created in collaboration with the Transylvania County Historical Society, a special emphasis is given to the Allison-Deaver House in celebration of its 200th anniversary. This house, the oldest standing frame home west of the Blue Ridge, is a true historical treasure. It was built in Buncombe County. William Deaver doubled the size of the house when it was part of Henderson County. When the impressive double-engaged porches were added, the property lay within the bounds of the newly formed Transylvania County. The house has remained in a virtually unaltered condition for two centuries.

Davidson River, once known as Rolling River and Ben Davidson's Creek, has rolled steadily on in the valley throughout the decades, beckoning to Revolutionary War veterans, tradesmen, entrepreneurs, and anyone who sought freedom, adventure, economic success, or simple solitude to make their home here, temporarily or for a lifetime. Davidson River Ironworks, Carr Lumber, and the Patton Store have all passed into memory. Ecusta Paper mill, built beside the river because of its clean water, has become a thing of the past. However, the importance of the area's heritage has been recognized by the Pisgah Fish Camp which is sponsoring the Davidson River exhibit. It is one of many businesses which are carrying on the time-honored tradition by thriving in the area.

Visitors to the exhibit can view a model of an actual Carr Lumber Company switchback, once located in Pisgah National Forest. The model was created by Frank Guest. After his death, his daughter donated it to the museum in his memory.

Benjamin Davidson was one of several Revolutionary War veterans who settled in what is now Transylvania County. Learn more about him and those who followed him by viewing the Transylvania Heritage Museum's new exhibit, "Davidson River: Land of the Free," opening Saturday, March 7. (Photo by Rebecca Suddeth)

A few other items that will be on display are logging tools, a history of the Patton Family businesses, artifacts of the Ecusta Paper Corporation, a slab of the Witness Tree, James Deaver's rifle, a Confederate Civil War pouch and Civil War era stool, as well as a quilt made from "Deaver family clothing."

A Sneak Peek of this exhibit will be held Friday, March 6, from 5-7 p.m. We hope that you will join us. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward with excitement to 2015 - our eighth year in operation!

Transylvania Heritage Museum, a 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of Transylvania County, is located at 189 West Main Street, Brevard, just two driveways past the Brevard Post Office. It is open Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Check the calendar at or call (828) 884-2347 for more information.


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