The History And Future Of Transylvania Co. Farms
Picturing The Past
Last updated 11/2/2020 at 4:16pm
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...