The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

County Homes Receive Special Designation


Chestnut Hill on Barclay Road.

Locally designated historic landmarks featured in previous articles have been within the City of Brevard; however, there are also several properties located outside of the city. These include the Allison-Deaver House and the McGaha Chapel, both owned and maintained by the Transylvania County Historical Society. In addition, the Surrette-Lankford House in Penrose, the Hanckel-Barclay House in Dunn's Rock, Partridge Hill in Little River, and the Lodge in Cedar Mountain are local designated historic landmarks.

Surrette-Lankford House was built around 1835 by David Surrette and is the third oldest standing frame home in Transylvania County. It is a timber-frame house, built into a hillside. The full basement is ground level on the back. The Surrette family lived in the home for about 100 years. Later it belonged to Randall Lankford.

Hanckel-Barclay, also known as Chestnut Hill, was built in 1856. It was the summer residence of a Charlestonian, Rev. James Stuart Hanckel. The Barclay family lived there through most of the 1900s. The house is Greek Revival in style and has a full two-tier front porch. The porch has elaborate embellishments on the balusters and brackets.

Partridge Hill was built in 1901 by a member of the Patton family. It was the home of author Hamilton Basso in the 1930s. The Queen Anne style home has a stone foundation, chestnut framing, cypress paneling and a metal roof typical to the era.

The Lodge was built as a summer home in 1934 for the McKissick family. Ted Snyder constructed the rustic home that combines American chestnut shingle siding, stonework inside and out, wood paneling and hand-wrought iron. The wooded setting, open lawn areas and a nearby pond add to the rustic atmosphere. The Lodge received local historic designation in 2013.

For more information on local designations and the Joint Historic Preservation Commission, contact the Transylvania County Plan-ning & Community Development.

Surrette-Lankford House on Old Hendersonville Highway.

Next week, Picturing the Past, will feature National Register Historic Places in the Rosman and Lake Toxa-way areas, as well as at the Cradle of Forestry.

(Photographs and information for this column are provided by the Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room, Transylvania County Library. Visit the N.C. Room during regular library hours Monday-Friday to learn more about our history and see additional photographs. For more information, comments or suggestions contact Marcy at or (828) 884-3151 ext. 242.)


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