The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Transylvania Promoted Tourism 100 Years Ago


Cover from Brevard Board of Trade tourism brochure, circa 1912-1915.

Since the mid-1800s the mountains western North Carolina have attracted those escaping the heat, humidity and disease of the lowlands of South Carolina and Georgia in the summer. During the winter the area offers respite from the harsh weather of northern cities.

When the railroad arrived in the late 1890s Transylvania County boomed as an ideal place to live, work and play. Seeing an opportunity, the Brevard Board of Trade and later the Chamber of Commerce promoted the town of Brevard and Transylvania County as "Nature's Playground" and the gateway to the "Beautiful Sapphire Country."...

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