Monday and Thursday 9:30-8:00. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
9:30-5:30. Closed Saturdays
Closed for the lunch from 12:00-1:00
North Carolina History Reference Room contains an extensive collection of genealogical
references including local family history books and Cherokee genealogical information. Microfilm or
paper copies of local newspaper, some as early as 1893, almost continuous coverage from 1908 to
March 1960, March 1968 to present. Ask at desk for access to microfilm collection. Microfilm of
local census records, 1800 to 1920, some court and land records, elections, church records, deeds
and marriages are also available. The Historical Society and the Friends of the Library
occasionally sponsor genealogical programs in the auditorium.
The Transylvania County Library will answer e-mail reference questions as time
Click here for details.
§ Family History Files
§ The Mary Jane McCrary Collection
- decades of genealogical research
§ Paxton Collection - history of
§ Architectural Survey - notes and
photos of most county buildings that were over
Dedicated to the preservation of the Allison-Deaver House and other
preservation activity. To join send $20.00 to TCHS, PO Box 2061, Brevard, NC 28712. Note:
TCHS is not a genealogical society - please do not send queries.
Another source is the Allison-Deaver House itself, one of the oldest standing
frame houses in Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, owned and operated by the Transylvania
County Historical Society. Granted to Revolutionary War veteran Waightstill Avery, the property is
connected to the Johnson, Allison, Deaver and Patton families. More importantly, it reflects the
lives and history of Transylvania County. The Allison-Deaver House Museum, located on Highway 280,
Pisgah Forest, NC, is open weekends April through October: Friday, 1-4 pm; Saturday 10-4 pm; and
Sunday 1-4 pm.
Open: 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday
Fourth Friday Gallery Walks: 5 pm to 9 pm
The Transylvania Heritage Museum features permanent and changing displays of heirlooms,
artifacts, genealogical exhibits, vintage photographs, and other exhibits reflective of the history
and heritage of the Transylvania County.
Events throughout the year include:
* 2nd Saturday Special Programs
* Black History Month celebration
* Heart of Brevard Festivals
* Fourth Friday Gallery Walks
* Founders Day Festival, Labor Day weekend
* Tours outside the Museum
* Cemetery cleaning
* Sponsorship of Street Dances
* Demonstrations of Old-Timey Crafts
* Traveling Trunks for Schools
* and much, much more!
The Heritage Gifts shop supports the museum with sales of local crafts including
pottery, art, quilted items, old-fashioned toys, music and books about the region.
Courthouse, 12 East Main Street, Brevard, NC 28712, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm
Register of Deeds OfficeLand
Deeds, Birth & Death records from the last quarter of 1913, Delayed Birth Certificates,
Marriage Records (Keep in mind that during the early years following official record keeping,
not everyone was reporting deaths and births.)
Clerk of Courts
OfficeRecords available in the office include court proceedings,
wills, estate administration records, and special proceedings. Records are easily accessible,
however some of the older records, including wills and estate records, have been sent to Raleigh
due to space limitations.
Deeds beginning in 1861
Will from 1881 (Some earlier wills have been collected in a notebook
of photocopies as "Will Book 1". Online Transcriptions available).
Marriages - Note that marriages from 1861 to 1900 are only listed in
the Index. Licenses after that date are relatively complete, but some are missing.
Births from 1914 - though some earlier births were later recorded as
Delayed Birth Certificates.
: Transylvania County NC GenWeb Project
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