Heritage Museum re-opens for the 2014 Season

Old Mill at the end of Kitchen Loop 1939History of a county is composed of histories of its communities and these histories will come together in the new exhibit opening at the Transylvania Heritage Museum at 189 West Main Street, Brevard, on Saturday, March 8, at 1 pm.

The dictionary defines community as a locality inhabited by people who havea common cultural and historical heritage. Transylvania County’s unique history is as rich as its natural resources.

When European settlers began moving into parts of the French BroadRiver Valley, they grouped themselves together in small communities because only by banding together did people hope to survive.  The first evidence of a community was usually a church, a mill, and a school, but not necessarily in that order. Family names of pioneers can be seen in both area cemeteries and the current phone book.

Today, some communities still exist, such as Balsam Grove and Dunn’sRock, who can track their origins back into the late1700s—well before the area was open to settlement. Others no longer exist. The Folly Gap Church, a centerpiece for the now extinct community by the same name, has long since disappeared. It is only with special permission and a guide familiar with the terrain that you can walk through the community established more than two hundred years ago. Many new communities have joined the old to create the true Treasures of Transylvania.

Included in the Communities Exhibit will be an interactive display of communities in the county, past and present.  Everyone is encouraged to visit the Museum, see if your community is represented, and add to it some of the communities that may have been missed.

“We are very much looking forward to this year's exhibit schedule,” says Rebecca Suddeth, Executive Director.  “The Communities Exhibit will be followed by Healing Hands, a look at medicine in Transylvania County.  Founders Day in September always features family history displays, and for Christmas we will have extended hours and lots and lots of Aluminum Trees!” 

Suddeth also expressed appreciation for the communities that helped put this exhibit together:  Bernice Powell and the Balsam Grove Community; Earlene Orr and the Blantyre Community; Cora Roess and the Cathey’s Creek Community; Janet Robertson and the Dunn’s Rock Community; Joyce Suddeth and the Eastatoe Community; Betty Sherrill and the Lake Toxaway Community; Edith Darity and the Rosenwald Community; Doug Poad and the See Off Community

The Museum needs and appreciates the support of both residents and visitors.  Opportunities are:  Become members of Transylvania Heritage Museum, Inc., visit and volunteer, take part in the programs, and purchase items in the Heritage Gifts shop.  Admission is free; donations are appreciated. 

For more information, call 884-2347, visit the web site at www.transylvaniaheritage.org, or come by 189 West Main Street, Wednesday through Saturday, 10am – 5 pm.

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