The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Brevard Department Stores Were Popular


Last updated 3/13/2017 at 4:47pm

Patterson's children's shoe department was cheery and colorful.

This week Picturing the Past will look inside a few of Brevard's former department stores. General stores had been popular in most communities in the 1800s. They were normally small structures and carried a wide array of goods. Department stores developed as consumerism grew. These larger retail stores also carried a variety of items but were organized by department.

Trantham's was one of Brevard's earliest department stores. T.E. England opened it as a general store in 1885. In 1915 his son-in-law, B.W. Trantham, became a partner in the business and soon transformed it into a depart...

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