The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Silversteen Built Logging Empire In Rosman


Train at Toxaway (Rosman) Depot.

The first train rolled into Toxaway on the Transylvania Railroad Company's newly extended line from Brevard on Sept. 1, 1900. Two years later the railroad would reach Lake Toxaway and the Toxaway Inn. On Feb. 20, 1905 Toxaway was officially renamed Rosman to avoid confusion with Lake Toxaway.

Meanwhile, 23-year-old Joseph Silversteen had arrived in the area and began building his logging and lumber empire. The April 25, 1902 Sylvan Valley News mentioned that work was underway on the new tannery in Toxaway (Rosman). After establishing Toxaway Tanning Company, Silversteen built Gloucest...

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