The Transylvania Times -

Our People, Our Past: Founders Recognized


Into This Valley The Pioneers Trekked The upper French Broad River Valley, seen here from the Blue Ridge Parkway, began as a remote and sparsely populated pioneer settlement, but mushroomed to a population of almost 1,900 households by 1860.

When the 740-member Transylvania Genealogy Group began work on the forthcoming new county history, “The Heritage of Transylvania County, North Carolina Volume III,” the members immediately recognized an opportunity for a long overdue tribute to Transylvania’s most deserving residents — the founding settlers. By unanimous decision, the group voted to dedicate this special edition of the heritage book series, published in commemoration of the 150th birthday of the county, to those founding families.

Unfortunately, no one had ever attempted to compile a full and accurate honor roll...

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