Transylvania: The Architectural History of a Mountain County

This exhibit contains images of the built environment of Transylvania County, located in the southwest corner of the state, bordering South Carolina.

Architectural surveys are inventories of built, intact structures in a given area. These images document structures and communities in Brevard, Rosman, Lake Toxaway, Cedar Mountain, Pisgah Forest, and other areas. The County was founded in 1861 as an agricultural community, which is evident through the survey. Hundreds of images depict homes, barns, spring houses, smokehouses, chicken houses, silos, and many other structures that reflect the activities and roots of the rural community.  The majority of the images were taken in 1990 and 1991.

In addition to farms, the survey also documents churches, cemeteries, local businesses, and schools, some of which have since been demolished. These resources include corresponding data that describe locations, family names, and historical information that could serve as excellent resources for genealogists or researchers.

To learn more about the Transylvania County Library, please visit the contributor page or their website.

North Carolina Digital Heritage Center