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Picturing The Past Large Brevard Home Lost To Fire

On Aug. 5, 1914, one of Brevard's largest and finest homes went up in flames. The house was located on what is today North Country Club Road, somewhere between Gillespie Circle and... — Updated 9/8/2021


Gaither's Restaurant Was A Popular Local Gathering Place For Holidays And More

For 37 years – from 1940 to 1977 – Gaither's Restaurant, also known as "The Grill," "Gaither's Grill" or simply, "Gaither's," offered tasty food and good cheer to western North... — Updated 12/22/2020


Transylvania County's First Public Rest Room For Women

At the dawn of the 20th century, public restrooms were hard to come by, and Brevard lacked a dedicated public restroom for women. But the town and surrounding areas were growing, an... — Updated 12/14/2020


Transylvania's Most Famous: Comedy Queen Jackie 'Moms' Mabley, Part II

Last week's Picturing the Past featured Loretta Mary Aiken. A brief account of major life events of her childhood provided some insight into how she came to create the comedic... — Updated 12/7/2020


Transylvania's Most Famous Person: Comedy Queen Jackie 'Moms' Mabley

World-renowned comedienne and actress Loretta Mary Aiken, known as ‘Retta’ to her family, was born in Brevard on March 19, 1897. Unfortunately, many of her biographical details... — Updated 11/30/2020


A Quarantine Thanksgiving Held In 1918

As we ponder what to be grateful for in 2020, it can serve us well to look back at history. The year 1918 was, believe it or not, far worse than 2020. World War I had claimed an... — Updated 11/23/2020


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