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The Allison-Deaver House 2015 Season 

Sunday, July 19th

 Sunday Front Porch Speaker Series

2:00 p.m.

“Quilts and Their Stories – A North Carolina Perspective”

Quilt patterns are rich in history, mostly from a woman’s point of view.  What can the designs favored in North Carolina tell us about life here?

Lucille Chaveas is a National Quilt Association certified teacher who has taught quilting, lectured on quilt history, and arranged quilt exhibits in Niger, Nigeria, France, South Africa, Sierra Leone and Malawi.  One of her quilts hangs permanently at the birthplace of the Marquise de Lafayette in France.  She has published articles on quilt related topics and needlework in “The Quilt Journal”, “The Journal of American Folklore”, and “Piecework” magazine.  She holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from The George

Washington University and has lived in Brevard since 2008 with her husband, Peter, a retired Foreign Service Officer.  They have two children and six grandchildren all of whom have several quilts.

Bring a chair, invite a neighbor, enjoy Transylvania’s most historic park. Rain or Shine!


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Join us for the 200th Birthday Celebration

Saturday, July 25, 2015!

If you haven’t toured the Allison-Deaver House recently, come enjoy the beautiful grounds and view all the new furniture additions to the house.  Our docents tell the story of the Allison-Deaver House to educate our visitors of the rich history of the house and of Transylvania County, preserving it for generations to come. An easy side trip when exploring Pisgah National Forest (PNF) or the Blue Ridge Parkway; the Allison-Deaver House is located at the junction of highways 280, 64 & 276 next to the entrance to PNF and Forest Gate shopping center.

Preserving the cultural and architectural heritage of Transylvania County.
~ Research ~ Restoration ~ Documentation ~ Interpretation ~

Allison-Deaver House

Allison-Deaver House

The Allison-Deaver House dates from 1815 and is believed to be the oldest standing frame house in Western North Carolina. It is owned by The Transylvania County Historical Society and is open for visitors May 16th  through October 18th, Saturdays 10-4, Sundays 1-4 and by special appointment.

The Allison-Deaver House is located near the entrance to Pisgah National Forest in Brevard, NC at
2753 Asheville Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768  (view map)

Open Hours: Tours are Saturdays 10-4 and Sundays 1-4 beginning May 16th through October 18th except when there is a festival in downtown Brevard, NC.


The Society also owns the 1872 McGaha Chapel in Cedar Mountain, which is only open by appointment.

Call our office and leave a message for appointments – 828-884-5137.

MaGaha Chapel, Cedar Mountain, NC

MaGaha Chapel, Cedar Mountain, NC



Transylvania County Historical Society
P.O. Box 2061, Brevard, NC 28712
(828) 884-5137
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Upcoming Events
  • August 8, 2015Allison-Deaver House Open For Tours
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