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Transylvania County Telephone Directories and More Now Available

Thanks to our partner, Transylvania County Library, 28 telephone directories for Transylvania cities from 1956 to 1997, a program for the county’s centennial celebration, a brochure for Camp Sapphire, and more are now available on our website.

An intriguing piece from this batch is the 1914 Camp Sapphire brochure. The brochure provides a look into what kind of activities were considered fun and available in Brevard, N.C., camp life, and the importance of staying on top of education during the summer months. One fascinating piece of information about camp life is that students could smoke as long as they had permission from their parents and could bring their own shot guns for trap shooting. Thankfully, the students had to deposit the guns with camp directors for safe keeping. 

A group of boys in hats standing together before going on a hike. The caption under the photo reads: off for a hike.

To learn more about the Transylvania Public Library, please visit their website.

To view more city directories, please visit our North Carolina City Directories Collection.

More Scrapbooks from Transylvania County Communities Now Online

DigitalNC has recently increased the number of available Transylvania County scrapbooks by 9, building upon our already considerable online collection of over 200. Many thanks to Transylvania County Library for scanning these images and sending them over.

Three clubs were featured in this upload:

These scrapbooks share photos and ephemera documenting club meetings, members, and events. Many community service events are highlighted within their pages. Not only do they give a look into the history of these clubs, but they also reflect changes in the local community. Fastidiously organized, the scrapbooks detail events such as construction of new buildings and beautification projects.

A page from the Cedar Mountain Extension Homemakers Club Scrapbook [1966-1967]. It documents the meeting held on May 18th. Held at the community center, the club members listened to a program on landscaping in the home. The page has a newspaper clipping of the event, two color photos of the members at the club, a clipping of a magazine of trees and plants, and a small, black-and-white illustration of a gardener that reads "Suggestions from the TAR HEEL GARDENER".

Page 16 of the Cedar Mountain Extension Homemakers Club Scrapbook [1966-1967] shows photos from the home landscaping presentation they attended.

To search through all of the scrapbooks from Transylvania County, click here. And to view all other items from Transylvania County, check out our Transylvania County Library partner page.

Seventy Additional Scrapbooks Documenting Transylvania County Communities Added to DigitalNC

Bright yellow scrapbook page with the title The Homesteaders See-Off Community Club and a line drawing of a one-story building

Cover or title page of the 1977 Homesteaders See-Off Community Club Scrapbook

Transylvania County Library has shared 70 additional scrapbooks from their extensive collection, adding to the over 100 already on DigitalNC. This latest group includes a number of community clubs and groups:

Like previous batches, these community club scrapbooks share photos and ephemera documenting town events, club members, and club activities. Many of these clubs took part in regional or statewide contests encouraging community “beautification” by landscaping roadsides, installing signs, or improving publicly used buildings or even private homes.

Scrapbook page with three black and white photographs and several clippings describing remodeled Ernest Lance home

This page from the 1955 Dunns Rock Community Club Scrapbook shows before and after photos of the remodeled Lance home.

Thanks to Transylvania County Library for scanning these at their library and sending the images for addition to DigitalNC. You can view all of the items from Transylvania County Library on their contributor page.

Explore Over 100 Scrapbooks Documenting Transylvania County Communities

Brown cover of the 1970 Sapphire Whitewater Community Scrapbook with the title in scriptFrom Balsam Grove to Brevard, we’ve recently added over 100 scrapbooks documenting communities and organizations in Transylvania County. These scrapbooks were scanned by the Transylvania County Library, which forwarded the scans to us for DigitalNC. They represent a number of organizations, many focused on community development. 

scrapbook page with four snapshots of signs around town and "Beautification" written at the top

From the 1958 Balsam Grove Community Scrapbook

Community development scrapbooks from the 1950s-1960s are common throughout North Carolina. These typically document efforts at beautification of homes and public areas, upgrading infrastructure like hospitals and sanitation, and fostering community spirit through local gatherings. The image at left from a Balsam Grove scrapbook is a good example of the types of information and photos you might find; it shows newly placed town signs.

These scrapbooks include photographs, many with descriptions and captions, along with newspaper clippings and ephemera from programs and events. Search all of them along with other items from Transylvania County at the Transylvania County Library’s partner page.

New Transylvania County Yearbooks Now Available and Online at DigitalNC

A group after our own heart: the 1967 Rosman High Library Club


A new batch of Transylvania County, North Carolina, are now up on DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner, the Transylvania County Library. Included in this batch are several editions of The Oriole from Rosman High School, and the 1967 and 1968 editions of Brevardier from Brevard High School.

A photo of the 1967 Brevard High School Marching Band

These yearbooks show what it was like to go to school in Rosman and Brevard at that time. These yearbooks show individual portraits, class portraits, and photographs of activities, sports teams, and organizations like the Future Farmers of America and the Library Club. They also include photographs celebrating the years’ school plays, and faculty at the school, as well as honor societies.

Some also include class histories, class songs and poems, and more. For example, the 1949 Oriole contains a class prophecy, where the author tried to predict where the graduating seniors would be in several years, and “class wills”, where the graduating class left behind skills and memories to the future graduating students.

Follow the links below to browse the yearbooks from the schools included in this batch:


World history students at Brevard High School studying, 1968

To see more materials from the Transylvania County Library, please visit their partner page or visit their home page.

Updates added to Transylvania County Architectural Survey

Transylvania County Courthouse, Letter from the NC Department of Cultural Resources

Transylvania County Courthouse, Letter from the NC Department of Cultural Resources

 Duckworth Mill Data Sheet

Duckworth Mill Data Sheet













The nearly 500 objects in Transylvania County Library‘s architectural survey have been updated with more detailed information and are now available on DigitalNC.

Lydia Morrow Raines House

Lydia Morrow Raines House

Added over the summer of 2016, the Architectural History of a Mountain County exhibit contains nearly 1500 photographs of structures in the county, including homes, farms, cemeteries, churches, and businesses. This update adds even more information, such as maps, data sheets, historical building registrations, newspaper articles, and official communications between the State of North Carolina and property owners.

These documents add context and usability to the photographs. The hand drawn maps, property records, and legal documents build a model of Transylvania County through documents. These could be excellent resources for genealogists interested in family and property records of those from Brevard, Cedar Mountain, Rosman, Lake Toxaway, and Pisgah Forest communities. Most objects include a data sheet with the official survey records, a write up about the property, a hand drawn map, and notes.

To learn more about Transylvania County Library, please visit the contributor page or the website. To see more images of historic North Carolina, please visit the Images of North Carolina Collection.

New Exhibit on the architectural history of Transylvania County







DigitalNC has a new exhibit focused on North Carolina architecture, courtesy of our partner, the Transylvania County Library.

This new exhibit contains nearly 1500 images, added to the Images of North Carolina Collection.

The exhibit, Transylvania: The Architectural History of a Mountain County, features nearly 1,500 images taken during an architectural survey done of the county in the early 1990s.  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.

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 view more images of architecture in North Carolina, check out the Images of North Carolina Collection or the Rockingham County Legacy Exhibit, which also contains an architectural survey.

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



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New Transylvania County Public Library Yearbooks


From the Brevardier [1965], page 97

7 new yearbooks from the Transylvania County Public Library are now available on DigitalNC. The yearbooks document the lives of students and teachers from Brevard High School, Rosman High School, and Brevard College.

The yearbooks from Brevard High School may be of particular interest because of their many humorous photos and captions. While all of the yearbooks on DigitalNC document the distinct character of a given school, some are a bit more dramatic than others. The editors of this batch of yearbooks from Brevard definitely had a sense of humor!


Brevardier [1964], page 49

You can see all of the newest yearbooks at the links below:

To see more yearbooks or learn more about the Transylvania Public Library, please their contributor page or the website.

Railroad and Logging Photographs from Transylvania County on DigitalNC

Transylvania County Library - Tannery Employees

Over 240 images of railways and the logging industry in Transylvania County can now be found on DigitalNC. This group of photographs, digitized and submitted by the Transylvania County Library, date from the early 20th century on.

These images show logging and tannin operations in Rosman, Brevard, Lake Toxaway and Quebec, which all border on or lie within the Pisgah National Forest. Featured prominently are the trains, necessary to transport lumber, workers, and logs throughout the area. Sawmills, rail cars loaded with lumber, oxen pulling logs near work camps, and steam-powered machinery are in many of the photos, as well as group portraits of lumber and tannery workers.

Gloucester Train Wreck

Explore the history of Transylvania County schools through photographs!

More than 500 photographs contributed by Transylvania County Library have been added to the Images of North Carolina collection on DigitalNC. Many of these images center upon school life in Transylvania County, from rural schools of the early twentieth century to Rosman High School, Brevard High School, and Brevard College. These photographs complement earlier contributions of photographs by Transylvania County Library that feature scenes of community life.

Quebec School Number One, before school taxes
Quebec School Number One, before school taxes.

Lakeside School (also known as Hogback Valley or Pea Ridge)
Lakeside School (also known as Hogback Valley or Pea Ridge).

Rosman High School cheerleading, February 2, 1954
Rosman High School cheerleading, February 2, 1954.

Brevard High School, Most Original Robert Hunter and Carolyn Kizer, 1947
Brevard High School, Most Original Robert Hunter and Carolyn Kizer, 1947.

Brevard College, Clarion Loyalty Campaign
Brevard College, Clarion Loyalty Campaign.

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