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This blog is maintained by the staff of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center and features highlights from the collections at DigitalNC, an online library of primary sources from institutions across North Carolina.

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New Exhibit on the architectural history of Transylvania County

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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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