From The Heritage Museum: The Mountain Lilly
Last updated 9/27/2021 at 12:42pm
Editor's note: The following comes from Rebecca Suddeth, the Transylvania Heritage Museum curator.
Around 1876, Congress passed a bill granting $25,000 to improve the French Broad River and make it navigable. Several years later – after the channel was cleaned and deepened – Col. S. V. Pickens, of Hendersonville, began The French Broad Steamboat Company.
Their goal was to link Brevard, Hendersonville and Asheville. Christened the Mountain Lily, the first (and only) steamboat was designed to carry passen-gers and freight. Expect-ations for the venture were high; on the day she launc...