April 2014
Issue No. 1

With 2014 upon us, the Museum begins its seventh year in operation.   Spring is bursting forth and so are activities at the Museum.   The Earth Day Plant Sale is coming up fast, so visit the South Broad Park April 26th, from 8 am until noon. The plant sales support the gardening programs at the Museum, plus keep a very nice Green Space for everyone to enjoy. 
Please check out the Upcoming Events section!


Please share this newsletter with those who may be interested, and with those who may not even know we exist!  Word of Mouth is our best publicity, so hit that forward button for us, and spread the word!


Sincerely - Rebecca Suddeth, Executive Director
Transylvania Treasures 

The Museum opened the season with a new exhibit Communities:  Transylvania's Treasures.  This exhibit is a collaboration between the Museum and several communities.  Each community wrote their own history and created their own display.  Above, the ladies from Dunn's Rock set up the display case featuring items from their community. The exhibit currently features ten communities.


Transylvania County's history is as rich as its natural resources.  Many of the oldest communities are still vibrant, and many new communities have joined them to create the Transylvania Tapestry.


Each Transylvania Community has its own history; its own unique flavorand its own view. Close-knit, loyal and true, these communities build the county we love today. 


The exhibit will be on display until May 17th.  Be sure to come by and discover the true Treasures of Transylvania, its Communities!

Heritage Gifts Has New Selections 


During the Museum's winter break, Gift Shop Manager Pat Childress scours the internet, gets suggestions from friends, and seeks books that would be suitable for the shop's shelves.

 New: Blue Ridge Music Trails ( $20.00)

The publisher, University of North Carolina Press, describes it thus, "The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia are the heart of a region where traditional music and dance are celebrated as nowhere else in America. This book is a comprehensive traveler's guide to discovering the many places where this unique music-making legacy thrives. The book leads readers to more than 160 venues and events filled with bluegrass and string band music, ballad singing, fiddling, shape-note singing, gospel music, clogging, and other traditional forms of music and dance.

New: Appalachian Mountain Folklore ($16.99) recommended by one of our resident genealogists, Linda Anders. Michael Rivers, the author, says, "Folklore has been some of the most beloved stories through the ages, from ghosts and hidden treasure to murder and the perfect cure for your ills... After some intensive investigation I discovered there were two pints of view concerning the folklore of Western North Carolina [that of the European settlers and that of the Native Americans]. I wrote this book from the point of view when the settler's lives were becoming more and more intertwined with the Indian nations of the area.


We have also restocked other popular books including,

  • The Gillespie Rifle Makers of Transylvania County, by Dennis Glazener

  • Where Have All the Moonshiners Gone? By Jerry Alexander

  • Sons of Mercy & Justice, by Keith Parker & Leslie Borhoug

  • Land of Waterfalls, by Jim Bob Tinsley

  • Transylvania, Architectural History of a Mountain County, commissioned by the local Historic Preservation Commission.

Go to http://www.transylvaniaheritage.org/heritage-gifts and click on "Gifts Order Form" to order by mail. 

Museum Activities 
Much has been going on at the Museum already this year, some of them even before the doors were open in March!  
The Farm Fun 4-H Club began meeting in February and have now had two planting days in the Museum's Square Foot Garden. Also in February, we hosted a cub scout group, who learned from Barbara Merrill about how some things change, but some remain the same over time.  The Museum is often buzzing with children. These are the next generation of Heritage Keepers. 
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In This Issue
Transylvania Treasures
Heritage Gifts
Museum Activities
Can you guess?
Calendar of Events

Communities: Transylvania's Treasures
March 8-May 17.

Guided Walking Tour
Probart Street 
April 12, Departs the Museum at 10:30 am.
Earth Day Plant Sale
South Broad Park
8 am - noon

4th Friday Night Gallery Walk  
Road Apple Ramblers
April 23  5:30-6:30 pm
We thank our sponsors

DIAMOND - $5,000 - Up


WSQL Radio

Transylvania County


EMERALD - $2,500 - $4,999


Transylvania Regional Hospital


College Walk


OPAL - $1,000 - $2,499


Joe Chapman Roofing, Inc

Haywood EMC

Co-Ed Cinema


RUBY - $500 - $999



Brevard Academy

Transylvania County Schools

MountainSide Home Builders

Pisgah Fish Camp

Pisgah Forest Rotary Club

Blue Ridge Quick Print


Roess Mechanical

Jerome & Summey

Mountain Internet


SAPPHIRE - $250 - $499


Macon Bank

Sassafras Productions

Automated Results

Greystone Inn

Transylvania Times


AMETHYST - $100 - $249


Susan Breedlove Properties

Steve Owen & Associates


Rockin Bowl

Hunters & Gatherers

Dugan's Pub

Erik Hansen

Mt Range Golf Center

Exit Mountain Realty/Isaac Allen

Betty Travis

The Rock at Jocassee

The Designer's Market

Bryson Carpet

Hansen & Associates

Chestnut Café & Grill

Broad Street Wine


Executive Planners

Blue Ridge Bedding

Looking Glass Realty & The Clay Team

Mark Willis Grading

AAAAA Services, Inc.