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The History And Future Of Transylvania Co. Farms

Picturing The Past  

 

Last updated 11/2/2020 at 4:16pm

Haying time at Cathey's Creek Farm in the early 1900s. Front from left: Leroy Waldrop, Tom Galloway, Reuben Bracken, Pete Lance, Lewis Waldrop, Jim Waldrop and Mannie Waldrop. Two little boys: Hovey and Arthur Waldrop. Back from left: Mays Waldrop on the haystack, Van Buren Waldrop and Ray Waldrop standing in the wagon, and Robert Waldrop on the car hood.

Fall is harvest time. Since the first settlers came to the area in the late 1700s agriculture has played a major role in the local economy. Early families grew their own food and crops for their livestock. They also took any extra crops and livestock to markets in Asheville or Greenville each fall for much needed cash. They income allowed them to buy goods they couldn't grow or make, as well as additional land and to pay taxes.

They chiefly raised hogs, along with cattle and sheep (mainly for the wool), as well as chickens. Corn was the leading crop, along with beans, pumpkins, winter...



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