The Transylvania Heritage Museum is helping to celebrate a particularly special year in 2018 — the city of Brevard’s Sesquicentennial year. Although Transylvania County was formed in 1861, its county seat, named as a tribute to Dr. Ephraim Brevard, a surgeon in North Carolina during the American Revolution, was not incorporated until 1868. The exhibit “Brevard: 150 Years of Progress” runs through Oct. 27. In timeline form, this display explores the history of Brevard — from its turbulent beginning through the rise and fall of a golden age to the emergence of a cultural center known for its diversity.
The museum, located at 189 W. Main Street, is fittingly located in a house that has been a part of the town’s history for more than a century. It was built in the 1890s by Thomas England, a nephew of Alexander England, one of the three men who donated land for the town. Thomas left the house to his daughter, Edith, who married Harry Patton. Harry was the Brevard town manager in the 1930s and was instrumental in bringing Harry Straus and the former Ecusta plant to the county.
Another annual event organized by the museum is the Founders’ Day Fair, which is held on Sept. 1 from 12:30-5 p.m. It will feature a talent show, vendor booths, craft demonstrations, children’s activities, Mama Bear’s Food Truck, bake sale, moonshine still display, antique fire truck, founding families exhibits and a whole lot more. The Road Apple Ramblers will be taking the stage after the talent show winners are announced.
Founding Fathers Guided Walking Tours will depart from the street at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. No reservations are required for these tours. The cost is $5 per person and payment will be taken in the Museum Gift Shop. Bring your tour tag and meet the guide at the street.
The museum’s other guided walking tours, which explore different areas of Brevard, are scheduled for the second Saturday of each month. Off-schedule tours can be arranged for groups of six or more by calling the museum.
The museum is open Wednesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.transylvaniaheritage.org or call (828) 884-2347. For more information about all local activities, go to www.transylvaniaexplorer.com.