About the Historical Society

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

The Transylvania County Historical Society owns the Allison-Deaver House built in 1815 which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the McGaha Chapel built in 1872. The Historical Society depends upon membership fees, donations, private foundation grants and Transylvania County funds to maintain the Allison-Deaver House and the McGaha Chapel.

The Allison-Deaver House will open for the season May 18, 2019 Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 pm-4:00 pm and close October 20th. The house is also open for tours by appointment.  The grounds and Glesne-Gash Walking Trails are open for picnics and walking.

2019 Events

McGaha Chapel Singing

Sunday, December 1st


McGaha Chapel-Cedar Mountain

(See bottom of page for details)


 If you haven’t toured the Allison-Deaver House recently, come enjoy the beautiful grounds, the new Gash walking trail 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.

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 June 2, 2018 through October 20th, Saturdays 1-4, 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 1-4 and Sundays 1-4 beginning June 2, 2018 through October 20th 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

McGaha Chapel, Cedar Mountain, NC

Board of Directors

Marjorie Lillard, President
Greg Hunter, Vice-President
Gene Baker, Treasurer
Mathew Agrella-Sevilla
Thomas Brim
Charles Burden
Marilyn Compton
Rachel Hall
Martha Jaye Johnson
Don Jordan
Jim Lyday
Mac Morrow
Keith Parker
Jinks Ramsey
Marcy Thompson
Francie Blair, Program Manager



Transylvania County Historical Society
P.O. Box 2061, Brevard, NC 28712
(828) 884-5137
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Posted February 19, 2013 by admin