Museums / Heritage Sites
THE ALLISON-DEAVER HOUSE
Nestled in the Pisgah National Forest on NC 280, the historic Allison-Deaver House provides visitors a rare glimpse into the life in Transylvania in the early 19th Century. With its oldest portion dating from 1815, the Allison-Deaver House is the oldest known standing frame house west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Its grounds and gardens offer picnic spots and event grounds throughout the year.
THE SILVERMONT MANSION
In 1902, Joseph and Elizabeth Silversteen moved to Brevard from Pennsylvania and built the gracious thirty-three room Greek Revival Mansion four blocks east of the courthouse on Main Street. The Silvermont Mansion, now placed on the National Register of Historic Places, houses many community organizations and special events and its extensive grounds provide visitors and residents of Brevard with a casual recreation center, with gazebos, basketball courts, playground, tennis courts, walking paths and Thursday night bluegrass jams on its ample front port from 7:30-10:00pm.
Looking for an insiders’ view on life in Transylvania County’s pioneer days? How about a short tutorial on the birth of American forestry at the Cradle of Forestry? An eager amateur astronomer might even venture a few miles out of downtown Brevard to the fascinating Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute where the Mineral and Meteorite Museum lives. This also happens to be a former NASA tracking station!
There are more than a few opportunities to learn a lesson or two in Transylvania County and almost all of them are interactive and family friendly. From the impeccably maintained historical artifacts at the Transylvania Heritage Museum to the summertime workshops on salamanders at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, to the WNC Military History Museum, home to artifacts of all types from many conflicts, the curious traveler will find ample opportunities to learn something new. Visiting on a Summer Saturday? Book a walking tour here.