The historic Allison-Deaver House, located at 2753 Asheville Highway in Pisgah Forest, will open for the season on Saturday, June 2.
The trails and gardens are open to the public at any time. Refer to www.tchistoricalsociety.com for the house hours and events.
In 1815, when most mountain dwellings were log cabins, Benjamin Allison, of Maryland, built a two-story, three-over-three-room frame house based on the design of row houses in England and East Coast America. Allison, who had 11 children and perhaps needed more space for his family, sold the little house to William and Mary Patton Deaver in 1830. By 1840, the house had more than doubled in size, and by 1860, the Charleston-inspired double porches had been added. The Deaver home had seven slaves and 5,117 acres in scattered locations. In 1987, the by-then derelict house was scheduled for demolition in favor of being used for a shopping center.
Alarmed that this local historic touchstone would be lost, the Transylvania County Historical Society was quickly formed to raise the funds to purchase, stabilize and restore it.
Today, the Allison-Deaver House is the oldest standing frame house in western North Carolina. It is designated a Local Landmark, and is also on the National Register of Historic Places and the North Carolina Civil War Trail. Many of the original architectural features are intact and the furnishings, many from the Deaver family, reflect the different eras of ownership.
•House Tours: Guided tours are offered 1-4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, except when there is a festival in downtown Brevard, or by special appointment for schools and organizations. Admission is by voluntary donation. The house closes for the season on Oct. 20.
•Sunday History Talks at 2 p.m. at the Allison-Deaver House Barn are free. Bring a chair. The 2018 schedule is: June 10, Monarch Butterflies; July 8, The History of Timber Framing; Aug. 12, Trains and the Transformation of Transylvania County; Sept. 23, The Beginnings of Transylvania County.
•June 2 at 2:30 p.m., Old Time Singing at McGaha Chapel in Cedar Mountain. The Transylvania County Historical Society is a private, nonprofit organization with 501(c) 3 tax status and is not a part of any government agency. For more information, call (828) 884-5137 or go to www.tchistoricalsociety.com or go to the Allison-Deaver House Facebook page.