April 2015
Issue No.1

Spring brings a burst of activity to 189 West Main Street in Brevard as the Transylvania Heritage Museum begins its eighth year in operation.  

We have many things planned for the year and invite you to join us in as many as you possibly can.  We also invite you to become involved this year by becoming a member (if you aren't one), volunteering or making a financial contribution.  It is only thought the continued support of our generous community that we are able to fulfill our mission of Connecting Community, History and Life.  

Please download and print our Schedule of Events and keep it handy.  We hope to see you soon!

Sincerely - Rebecca Suddeth, Executive Director
ClogFest Weekend 2015
Tickets Available Now!!!!


Crooked Pine Band
... playing together since 1974. Crooked Pine has the reputation of being a high energy old time contra band that works very
closely with a caller to match tunes to dances. Oh, and by the way, they stand up to play music and have a great time at dances. It makes a difference.
Friday, April 24 music starts at 6:00 Tickets: $10.00

Clogfest Clogging Competition
...Clogging Champions of America Sanctioned Competition. Our own Appalachian dance style! It is generally accepted that the roots of southern step dance are largely Scotch-Irish, English and African, corresponding with the major immigrant ethnic groups that populated the area from the 1700s on.
Saturday, April 25, starting at 9:00 am. Tickets $7.00. Spectators will receive a wristband and be allowed to come and go during the day. 

Discount Tickets for both events:  

$15 Available at the 

Transylvania Heritage Museum. 

Sponsored in part by Beth & Charles Pickelsimer III and the TDA 


Davidson River:  Land of the Free


          The Transylvania Heritage Museum openedfor the 2015 season on March 7th. The new exhibit is "Davidson River: Land of the Free." This exhibit depicts the important role the Davidson River has played in the history of not one, but three counties: Buncombe, Henderson and Transylvania.

          In the exhibit, created in collaboration with the Transylvania County Historical Society, a special emphasis is given to the Allison-Deaver House in celebration of its 200th anniversary. This house, the oldest standing frame home west of the Blue Ridge, is a true historical treasure.  It was built in Buncombe County.  William Deaver doubled the size of the house when it was part of Henderson County.  When the impressive double-engaged porches were added, the property lay within the bounds of the newly formed Transylvania County.  The house has remained in a virtually unaltered condition for two centuries.

          Visitors to the exhibit can view a model of an actual Carr Lumber Company switchback, once located in Pisgah National Forest. The model was created by Frank Guest. After his death, his daughter donated it to the Museum in his memory.

          A few other items that will be on display are logging tools, a history of the Patton Family businesses, artifacts of the Ecusta Paper Corporation, a slab of the Witness Tree, James Deaver's rifle, a Confederate Civil War pouch and Civil War era stool, as well as a quilt made from "Deaver family clothing".

          We would like to thank the Pisgah Fish Camp for their sponsorship of this exhibit!


4-H Open House 
The 4-H Open house was held on March 31 at the Transylvania County Library. The Museum partners with 4-H for two clubs that meet the third Friday of each month, from 4 until 5 p.m.  They are the Farm Fun Club and the History Detectives.  Each club had an activity to share.  Farm Fun had a Seed Matching Game, and the History Detectives set up artifacts from the Museum for the History Mystery Activity. 
In This Issue

Davidson River: Land of the Free Exhibit
March 7-November 14

April 11th 10:30 am. Guided Walking Tour Behind the Scenes West Main. $15 per person. Reservations Required.

April 17th 4:00-5:00 p.m. Farm Fun/History Detectives Club

April 19th, 3:00 p.m. Earth Day Concert at Brevard College. 

ClogFest Weekend!

April 24th  6:00-9:00 p.m. Crooked Pine Concert at Brevard Music Center.  $10

April 25th
 9:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m. ClogFest Clogging Competition, Brevard Music Center. Tickets $7
Wristbands allow spectators to come and go during the day!  
We thank our sponsors

DIAMOND - $5,000 - Up


Transylvania County

WSQL Radio


EMERALD - $2,500 - $4,999



College Walk

Transylvania Regional Hospital


OPAL - $1,000 - $2,499


Co-Ed Cinema


Haywood EMC

Pisgah Forest Rotary Club

M-B Industries


RUBY - $500 - $999


Blue Ridge Quick Print

Brevard Academy


Fisher Realty

Mountain Internet

Pisgah Fish Camp

Roess Mechanical

Transylvania County Schools


SAPPHIRE - $250 - $499


Automated Results

Greystone Inn

Jerome & Summey

Macon Bank

Sassafras Productions

Transylvania Times


AMETHYST - $100 - $249

AAAAA Services, Inc

Betty Travis

Broad Street Wine

Bryson Carpet

Cardinal Cleaners

Chestnut Café & Grill

Dalton Insurance

Dr. Lopez, DDS

Duckworth Insurance

Eric Hansen

Mt Range Golf Center

Rockin Bowl

Susan Breedlove Properties

Steve Owen & Associates


Exit Mountain Realty/Isaac Allen