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East Main & Silvermont Extended Tour

East Main & Silvermont Extended Tour

During this extended tour, learn about early to mid-20th century boarding houses and explore Silvermont, home of industrialist Joseph Silversteen and his family. The Silvermont portion of the tour includes the Second Floor House Museum and the third floor, which has not been refurbished. Participants will be required to climb two sets of stairs. The tour is limited to 8 people, costing $20 per person, and reservations are required. The tour will begin at the Visitors Center at 175 E. Main Street in Brevard. For more information or to make reservations, contact Rebecca at program.transylvaniaheritage@gmail.com or by calling the Museum at... Read More
Historic Probart Guided Walking Tour

Historic Probart Guided Walking Tour

Learn how Transylvania County and Brevard were established and about early leaders. The tour departs from the Heritage Museum at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per person. Reservations are required by contacting the Transylvania Museum via email at... Read More
A Friendly Meeting of WWII Enemies

A Friendly Meeting of WWII Enemies

On December 17, 1944, the second day of the Battle of the Bulge, American P-47 pilot Ed Cottrell’s engine was shot up. In the same battle on the same day, German pilot Karl-Heinz Bosse’s Messerschmidt 109 was shot down. Cottrell steered to his base and expertly managed a dead-stick landing. Bosse ejected and parachuted down but was seriously injured and hospitalized. Seventy-nine years later in December 2023, at the site near Bonn, Germany where Bosse’s plane had crashed, these two pilots and former enemies had a four-hour visit all these many years later, sharing their stories with the help of a translator. This April 13th, Lt. Col. Ed Cottrell, USAF (Ret.) will tell the story of meeting his former enemy–two pilots whose historic mission was to destroy each other’s planes—and perhaps lives. Cottrell will tell the story of how these former adversaries developed a quick friendship, ending their meeting “forever friends.” Transylvania Board of Commissioners Chairman Jason Chappell will introduce Lt. Col. Ed Cottrell. After his talk, Cottrell will be honored with the presentation of a United States flag flown over the NC Capitol, by NC Representative Mike Clampitt, along with a tribute from the citizens of North Carolina. Concluding the program, Brevard Mayor Maureen Copelof will unveil a new painting depicting Cottrell’s encounter with two Me-109 pilots on Dec. 17, 1944. The painting, titled, “I was waiting for the bullets to come,” was commissioned by Valor Studios, who will make a limited number of prints available for sale.... Read More
Brevard Plein Air Festival Presented by The Lucy Clark Gallery and Studio

Brevard Plein Air Festival Presented by The Lucy Clark Gallery and Studio

Brevard Plein Air Festival is an open enrollment plein air painting event that concludes with a Wet Paint Show and Sale on Saturday the 14th of September. It is held in conjunction with a downtown street festival featuring fine art vendors, local craft makers, food vendors, music and more! The event celebrates the tradition of outdoor painting by welcoming artist from across the region to share their talents and beauty of downtown Brevard and the surrounding forests and mountains. More information will be available closer to the date of the event. Please check our event website found at... Read More
Light Up the Night

Light Up the Night

Light Up the Night each holiday season in downtown Brevard! This event includes the official tree-lighting ceremony on the Courthouse lawn, with caroling, festival market for holiday craft shopping, an ice skating rink, a Tuba Christmas concert, shopping with our stellar local merchants and the Chamber Christmas Parade to kick off the festivities. At this event, visitors immerse themselves in an afternoon of holiday events and family fun, culminating in an evening of wonder with our twinkling lights, illuminated snowflakes, decorated storefronts and the lighting of downtown’s 70′ Christmas Tree. This event features live music, food trucks, shopping and festivities for the entire family. More information on the Light Up the Night 2024 will be available closer to the event. Check back at our Heart of Brevard events page.... Read More
White Squirrel Weekend, May 24th-26th presented by DD Bullwinkel’s Outdoors

White Squirrel Weekend, May 24th-26th presented by DD Bullwinkel’s Outdoors

Heart of Brevard’s signature event, our White Squirrel Weekend combines a stellar lineup of live music, a smorgasbord of tasty food offerings from vendors and local craft breweries, an assortment of treasures from craft and retail vendors, family activities and games for the kids, all rolled into one fantastic three-day event. The music lineup and a full schedule are below. We will have bike valet parking. Learn more about White Squirrel Weekend 2024... Read More
Blacksmithing & Brews

Blacksmithing & Brews

Discover the basics of forging hot steel in our unforgettable blacksmithing workshop! You and up to five other guests will take turns at the anvil, working one-on-one with our blacksmith as he guides you through heating and hammering a piece of rough steel into a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted knife you can take home. You’ll learn the skills of knife making with Mo, Earthshine’s blacksmith and lead program instructor. Mo has twenty years of experience in outdoor education and living history, and has taught students of all ages. While he directs and demonstrates the techniques you’ll need to complete your knife, he’ll also share the legends, lore, history, and science behind the craft. Once you’ve formed the rough shape of your knife at the forge, you’ll head up to Earthshine’s Main Lodge to finish and refine your blade. We’ll provide tools, instruction, and, of course, a refreshing beverage. We offer a selection of local beers and ciders, as well as craft sodas and sparkling water. While perfecting your masterpiece, you can sip and soak in our stunning view overlooking Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is a beginner’s course, so no experience is needed and all equipment is provided. Ages 13+ are welcome, but you must be at least 21 to be served alcohol. Each person participating will take home their own wrought iron knife that can be used as a letter opener or simple spreading utensil. One of our custom Blacksmithing & Brews pint glasses is included... Read More
Blacksmithing & Brews

Blacksmithing & Brews

Discover the basics of forging hot steel in our unforgettable blacksmithing workshop! You and up to five other guests will take turns at the anvil, working one-on-one with our blacksmith as he guides you through heating and hammering a piece of rough steel into a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted knife you can take home. You’ll learn the skills of knife making with Mo, Earthshine’s blacksmith and lead program instructor. Mo has twenty years of experience in outdoor education and living history, and has taught students of all ages. While he directs and demonstrates the techniques you’ll need to complete your knife, he’ll also share the legends, lore, history, and science behind the craft. Once you’ve formed the rough shape of your knife at the forge, you’ll head up to Earthshine’s Main Lodge to finish and refine your blade. We’ll provide tools, instruction, and, of course, a refreshing beverage. We offer a selection of local beers and ciders, as well as craft sodas and sparkling water. While perfecting your masterpiece, you can sip and soak in our stunning view overlooking Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is a beginner’s course, so no experience is needed and all equipment is provided. Ages 13+ are welcome, but you must be at least 21 to be served alcohol. Each person participating will take home their own wrought iron knife that can be used as a letter opener or simple spreading utensil. One of our custom Blacksmithing & Brews pint glasses is included... Read More
Blacksmithing & Brews

Blacksmithing & Brews

Discover the basics of forging hot steel in our unforgettable blacksmithing workshop! You and up to five other guests will take turns at the anvil, working one-on-one with our blacksmith as he guides you through heating and hammering a piece of rough steel into a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted knife you can take home. You’ll learn the skills of knife making with Mo, Earthshine’s blacksmith and lead program instructor. Mo has twenty years of experience in outdoor education and living history, and has taught students of all ages. While he directs and demonstrates the techniques you’ll need to complete your knife, he’ll also share the legends, lore, history, and science behind the craft. Once you’ve formed the rough shape of your knife at the forge, you’ll head up to Earthshine’s Main Lodge to finish and refine your blade. We’ll provide tools, instruction, and, of course, a refreshing beverage. We offer a selection of local beers and ciders, as well as craft sodas and sparkling water. While perfecting your masterpiece, you can sip and soak in our stunning view overlooking Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is a beginner’s course, so no experience is needed and all equipment is provided. Ages 13+ are welcome, but you must be at least 21 to be served alcohol. Each person participating will take home their own wrought iron knife that can be used as a letter opener or simple spreading utensil. One of our custom Blacksmithing & Brews pint glasses is included... Read More
Blacksmithing & Brews

Blacksmithing & Brews

Discover the basics of forging hot steel in our unforgettable blacksmithing workshop! You and up to five other guests will take turns at the anvil, working one-on-one with our blacksmith as he guides you through heating and hammering a piece of rough steel into a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted knife you can take home. You’ll learn the skills of knife making with Mo, Earthshine’s blacksmith and lead program instructor. Mo has twenty years of experience in outdoor education and living history, and has taught students of all ages. While he directs and demonstrates the techniques you’ll need to complete your knife, he’ll also share the legends, lore, history, and science behind the craft. Once you’ve formed the rough shape of your knife at the forge, you’ll head up to Earthshine’s Main Lodge to finish and refine your blade. We’ll provide tools, instruction, and, of course, a refreshing beverage. We offer a selection of local beers and ciders, as well as craft sodas and sparkling water. While perfecting your masterpiece, you can sip and soak in our stunning view overlooking Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is a beginner’s course, so no experience is needed and all equipment is provided. Ages 13+ are welcome, but you must be at least 21 to be served alcohol. Each person participating will take home their own wrought iron knife that can be used as a letter opener or simple spreading utensil. One of our custom Blacksmithing & Brews pint glasses is included... Read More
Blacksmithing & Brews

Blacksmithing & Brews

Discover the basics of forging hot steel in our unforgettable blacksmithing workshop! You and up to five other guests will take turns at the anvil, working one-on-one with our blacksmith as he guides you through heating and hammering a piece of rough steel into a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted knife you can take home. You’ll learn the skills of knife making with Mo, Earthshine’s blacksmith and lead program instructor. Mo has twenty years of experience in outdoor education and living history, and has taught students of all ages. While he directs and demonstrates the techniques you’ll need to complete your knife, he’ll also share the legends, lore, history, and science behind the craft. Once you’ve formed the rough shape of your knife at the forge, you’ll head up to Earthshine’s Main Lodge to finish and refine your blade. We’ll provide tools, instruction, and, of course, a refreshing beverage. We offer a selection of local beers and ciders, as well as craft sodas and sparkling water. While perfecting your masterpiece, you can sip and soak in our stunning view overlooking Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is a beginner’s course, so no experience is needed and all equipment is provided. Ages 13+ are welcome, but you must be at least 21 to be served alcohol. Each person participating will take home their own wrought iron knife that can be used as a letter opener or simple spreading utensil. One of our custom Blacksmithing & Brews pint glasses is included... Read More
Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa

This experience is so much more than breakfast! Spend time with Santa while dining on a special holiday brunch. Don’t forget to bring your list and get a few pictures! For guests at the lodge, brunch is included with your holiday weekend package. This experience is also open to the public (reservations only) and the whole family will love getting to hang out with Appalachian Santa. Take time to enjoy making your memories with Santa as he spends time making the rounds, posing for pictures, reading stories, and entertaining all of the younger guests (and, well, let’s be honest, the older crowd... Read More