The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Davidson River Was Commercial Center


Cagle's linsey-woolsey mill on the Davidson River.

On Aug. 1, 1783 both James Davidson and Benjamin Davidson applied to the State of North Carolina for land along the French Broad River. The process completing these sales was not finalized until Nov. 16, 1790. They were the first settlers to own land in what would become Transylvania County.

Benjamin Davidson's property included a smaller river that flowed into the French Broad. It was here that he built his home about 1794. The smaller river became known as Ben Davidson's Creek and later Davidson River.

Another early settler was Lambert Clayton. Clayton was a leader in the early loc...

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