The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Hayes, Silversteen Developed Upper End Of County


Early Company Store postcard

J.F. (Frances) Hayes was an industrialist from Pennsylvania who, like many others, came to western North Carolina for the business opportunities.

He and his associates and their business enterprises were responsible for the rapid growth in tourism and business in Transylvania County at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the 20th century.

Hayes purchased the failed Hendersonville and Brevard Railroad, re-established it as the Transylvania Railroad Company and extended the line to Lake Toxaway through the city of Toxaway (Rosman).

Seeing an opportunity to capitalize on the abun...

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