The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Old Barns Reflect Vital Role Of Farming


The original Blythe barn (on the right end) was expanded into a larger structure by W. T. Whitmire.

Agriculture is a vital piece of Transylvania County's economy. Farms, large and small, have played a major role in the development of the county. Agriculture statistics from 1870-1950 for Transylvania County are available through the University of Virginia, Geospatial and Statistical Data Center's Historical Census Browser at

Basic information includes the number of farms, total acreage of farmland, average size and number of farms within size ranges. The total value of farms in the county, as well as building, crop, livestock and machinery values are provide...

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