The Transylvania Times -

By Mark Todd
Staff Writer" 

Open House Planned For Silvermont Make T


November 30, 2010

Lee Stewart and Jan Osborne, members of Friends of Silvermont, show a restored roll top desk, now on display in Silvermont's second floor House Museum, to Guis Siniard. The desk, which was found in the basement of the Silvermont mansion, was restored by Fred Mehlin. Siniard was instrumental in procuring the Silvermont mansion and grounds for Transylvania County. (Times photos by Mark Todd)

An open house at the Silvermont mansion on New Year's Day, 2011, will celebrate the opening of the second floor house museum and the beginning of Transylvania County's Sesquicentennial Year.

The county will be 150 years old.

The museum, which has been 18 months in restoration, will reflect the era and lifestyle of Joseph Simpson Silversteen, the county's first industrialist, and his wife Elizabeth and their three daughters, Miriam, Dorothy and Adelaide.

Although all three daughters married, none had children and there were no heirs to the estate.

Dorothy Silversteen Berg, the last remaining...

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