Last year, a community celebration was held to mark the 100th anniversary of the Silvermont mansion in downtown Brevard. Built in 1917 and now on the National Register of Historic Places, Silvermont mansion was the home of industrialist and philanthropist Joseph Silversteen and his family.
In 1902, the Silversteen family came to Transylvania County, where Silversteen started tanning and lumber companies. The mansion and 8 acres that surround it were willed to the county in 1972. It has been a county park and a hub of regular activity ever since.
The Transylvania Heritage Museum operates the mansion’s Second Floor House Museum, which allows visitors to step back in time and imagine how the Silversteen family lived. It is open each Friday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. through October. Special tours may be requested by contacting the Heritage Museum at (828) 884-2347 or by an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Thursday, the mansion hosts “Mountain Music,” starting at 7:30 p.m. This free event features area musicians. During the week, the Silvermont Opportunity Center on the first floor holds classes and activities for those 60 and older.
Much is happening on the park grounds, as well, where tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic areas, a new playground, trails and gardens are open to the public. The ADA-accessible trail through the park starts at the front of the property, where the “Walk of History” leads you past representative trees with signage connecting the trees to periods of Transylvania County history. Walkers, joggers, youngsters in strollers and wheelchair users can follow the trail through woodlands, a beautiful Conifer Garden, picnic spots and recreation areas.