The Transylvania Times -

Cedar Mountain News


March 14, 2019

Courtesy Photo

This birdhouse will be a door prize at the Baptist Woman's Conference.

Happy St. Patrick's Day On Sunday

May the luck of the Irish be with you, whether you're Irish or not.

Assault On The Carolinas Bicycle Race

On Saturday, April 6, the Cedar Mountain Community Center will be a rest stop for the 100K route. Volunteers will be on hand around 11 a.m. to help and offer support. We will be cheering and ringing bells. Come on down and join us.

Small Area Planning Committee

The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners is seeking applications from interested persons to serve on a Small Area Planning Committee. Applicants must be residents and/or business owners in the Cedar Mountain community. This committee will advise the small area planning process for the Cedar Mountain community and make recommendations to the Planning Board and Board of Commissioners on regulations, the development process, and other county activities that influence growth and development under that plan. The Board of Commissioners requires an application to be considered for appointment. Applications are available online at

Hard copies are available at Transylvania County Administration, 101 S. Broad St., Brevard. Applications should be returned to the above address, attention: Trisha Hogan, clerk to the board, no later than Friday, March 15.

Cedar Mountain Fire Rescue Department Auxiliary Schedule

•Saturday, March 16, All you can eat free pancake breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. Donations are welcome and proceeds benefit the Cedar Mountain Fire Rescue Department.

•In honor of Saint Patrick's Day on Sunday, green pancakes will be available, along with regular pancakes. I hear there may be blueberry syrup and fresh blueberries, too.

•Saturday, April 20, Red Cross blood drive at the station from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

•Saturday, May 25, BBQ supper fundraiser.

Looking Back by

Patty Stahl

The following comes from the March 10, 1905, Sylvan Valley News.

N. M. Brown is on the sick list.

Gotchel Brown is going to school at Enon.

Clinton Moore was buried at Hooker's grave yard on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

There is night singing at Rocky Hill taught by Jerry Burns. He is a very efficient teacher.

Drexel Brown got dog bit Feb. 15 at Mr. Corn's mill by Boss McCrary's dog. He was very ill from the effects of the bite for about four days. Mrs. John Hooker died Wednesday morning, Feb. 22, at 5 o'clock and was buried at Rocky Hill Church on the 24th. There was a large attendance at the burial services, which were short but very impressive, conducted by Rev. Lee. The singing by the choir also was fine. They sang so softly and sweetly, "She Whispered Christ Is All." Nothing would have been more appropriate.

Jo (Perhaps Joanna Brown) Correspondent


The surnames of Moore, Brown and Hooker were prominent in the Buck Forest area. Clinton Moore began acquiring land in the Rich Mountain and Buck Forest area in the 1830s and 1840s. The land surrounding Hooker Falls, as it is known today, was a part of this acreage. Clinton built and operated a mill below the falls. He sold this property to the Hooker family in 1882, with the exception that he and his wife would have free use of the grist mill. Clinton and his wife, Sallie Shipman Moore, are buried in the Hooker Moore cemetery beside their daughter, Mary Moore Ashworth. She died in 1859, and her grave is one of the earliest marked graves in the cemetery. Clinton died at the home of his son, Perry Moore, at the age of 96.

John Hooker built a cabin near Hooker Falls and a second mill on the other side of Little River. He moved here with his wife, Margaret, and family from Chick Springs, S.C. John died in 1902 and, as is reported in the column, Margaret died in 1905. They are buried in the cemetery at Rocky Hill Baptist Church near other members of the family. The Coxe estate purchased the farm in 1910 from William Spencer Hooker, the son of John and Margaret. This sale included "the Hooker mill shoal" as reported in the Sylvan Valley News.

Noah M. Brown, son of Joanna Thomas Brown, lived near Bridal Veil Falls. Joanna was the daughter of Micajah Thomas and the widow of Henry Brown, a Civil War casualty. According to the 1900 census, Joanna lived near Noah's family. Drexel and Gotchel were Noah's sons. In 1910, Noah Brown sold his land at Bridal Veil Falls to the Coxe family and moved to Etowah. Members of the Brown family are buried at Rocky Hill Baptist Church.

Most of us today know "Mr. Corn's mill" as Corn Mill Shoals. Joe Carson built a grist mill there with an undertow wheel in the 1870s. According to the 1900 census, Dock Corn, Mr. Corn in the column, lived near Noah Brown and operated this mill on Little River. The assumption that the waterfall was named Corn Mill Shoals because of the corn that was ground there was somewhat discredited by the Corn name in the column. Doug Pace, my uncle, found the information about Dock Corn in his library of local history books. The Internet is a wonderful resource, but Doug often discovers information that is only found by searching through his books.

There were several McCrary farms in the area. The Alexander L. McCrary farm was located on McCrary Creek and Reasonover Road near the trail that most Cedar Mountain residents and summer folk took to make the short hike to Corn Mill Shoals. The old home place is still there. Alexander was the father of Mary and Nanny Sue McCrary, among others. If anyone can identify "Boss McCrary" or his dog, share the information.

Finally, there is still "singing" at Rocky Hill Baptist Church. The church has a long history of singing schools. The choir is currently practicing for the Easter sunrise cantata at Pretty Place and at the 11 a.m. service. Lenoir Bishop is the choral director and is also a "very efficient teacher."

Library Bookmobile

The bookmobile comes to the Cedar Mountain Community Center every second Thursday of the month from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Mark your calendars, so you don't miss it. The next stop is today.

Christine's Corner: Baptist Woman's Conference Saturday

The 3rd annual Transylvania County Baptist Woman's Conference will be held this Saturday, March 16, at the First Baptist Church in Brevard. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., with a brunch around 10 a.m.

We will conclude at 1 p.m. All women are invited to attend this exciting time of fellowship. Jan Miller, of the Transylvania Baptist Association, is heading this up again this year. She can be reached at (828) 877-3203.

The pictured birdhouse was provided by Christine as a door prize for the conference.

Around The House

by Linda Young

Things are settling in with my kitty kids. Stitches is playing with toys that Buddy doesn't seem interested in.

She also thinks Buddy's bed should be hers. I have to keep removing her. I was sitting at my computer next to Buddy's bed one night and looked up to see both of them in there. Buddy had this look as if to say, "Help me." Stitches has a big appetite and eats twice what Buddy eats. She won't be skinny much longer.

I visited family from Florida at Lake Lure the past couple of days. We had quite an adventure going to Mt Mitchell. There was a completely unexpected mini blizzard at the summit Monday. The little kids had seen a little snow on the ground on a previous visit, but this was a real treat for them and even for me. It was really too warm for snow, so the flakes were prolific, huge and wet. It was beautiful, and the kids enjoyed trying to catch snowflakes on their tongues.

Your contributions are welcome. We'd love to hear what's going on, if you would like to share. Email your news and photos to [email protected] by Monday night or early Tuesday morning next week.


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