About the Historical Society

The Allison-Deaver House 2015 Season 

Sunday, July 4th

 Sunday Front Porch Speaker Series

2:00 p.m.


Jack Claiborne, writer and editor for The Charlotte Observer from 1949-1990, will discuss the Mecklenburg-Transylvania connections.  Claiborne’s career at The Charlotte Observer included his Saturday editorial column, “This Time and Place,” devoted to local and state affairs that ran for 20 years. He also served as the Observer’s Washington, D.C., correspondent, Carolinas editor, city editor, editorial writer and associate editor. In 1990-94, Claiborne was vice president and assistant to the chairman of Park Communications, and from1994 until 2001 he was associate vice chancellor for university relations at UNC-Charlotte, where he remains special assistant to the chancellor. Claiborne, who has written numerous books and won countless awards, also chaired the N.C. Humanities Council, the North Carolina Editorial Writers Conference and director of the Charlotte chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

Truly a son of Carolina, Jack was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame in 2001.

Jack and his wife Ann spend as much time as they can in their mountain retreat near Brevard.

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
  • July 4, 2015Allison-Deaver House Closed For Tours
  • July 5, 2015Allison-Deaver House Closed For Tours
  • July 11, 2015Allison-Deaver House Open For Tours
  • July 12, 2015Allison-Deaver House Open For Tours
  • July 18, 2015Allison-Deaver House Open For Tours
  • July 19, 2015Allison-Deaver House Open For Tours
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