It’s always busy at the Transylvania Heritage Museum, but this year will be especially so as 2018 marks Brevard’s Sesquicentennial year.
Although Transylvania County was formed in 1861, its county seat, named as a tribute to Dr. Ephriam Brevard, a surgeon in North Carolina during the American Revolution, was not incorporated until 1868.
The Transylvania Heritage 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.
The exhibit “Brevard: 150 Years of Progress” will open May 26 and run 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. Another fun way to learn about the history of Brevard is to sign up for a tour. The museum’s 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.