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 is currently closed for tours due to extensive repairs.  The grounds and Glesne-Gash Walking Trail are open for picnics and walking.

2017 Events

Allison-Deaver Hillside Garden Workshop

Saturday, May 6~9:00-11:00 am 

with Master Gardeners and TC Cooperative Extension

$10, limited space, pre-registration required, call 884-3109

Allison-Deaver House

Preservation Dinner & Program

Thursday, May 18 – 5:30 pm

 Documentary film, “The Land Still Speaks to Us” followed by discussion panel

$20, register by May 4, call 884-5137 or email tchsociety@yahoo.com

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, across from Ingles

 Old-Time Singing

Sunday, June 4 ~ 2:00 pm

Come join in an old-time singing of Civil War period songs.

Sponsored by greater Cedar Mountain community

McGaha Chapel

Sunday History Talk

Sunday, June 11 ~ 2:00-3:00 pm

“18th Century Surgeon”

Al Denn, Speaker

Allison-Deaver Barn

Sunday History Talk

Sunday, July 9 ~ 2:00-3:00 pm

“The Beekeeper’s Buzz”

Mike Elliott, Speaker

Pure Pisgah Honey

Allison-Deaver Barn

Sunday History Talk

Sunday, August 13~ 2:00-3:00 pm

“Heirloom Herbals: Appalachian Medicine & Wildcraft Edibles”

Laura Gardner, Speaker

Allison-Deaver Barn

Sunday History Talk

Sunday, September 10~ 2:00-3:00 pm

“McGaha Chapel & the Community Around It”

Keith Parker, Speaker

McGaha Chapel

Annual Meeting, Dinner and Speaker

Tuesday, September 12 ~ 6:00 pm

“History of Archaeology in Transylvania County”

Scott Ashcraft, US Forest Service Archaeologist

$20 register by September 5, call 884-5137 or email tchsociety@yahoo.com

Lola’s Old Hickory House, Country Club Road

Down By the Barn Stories and Music

Saturday, October 21 ~ 5:30 pm

A fun family event with mountain tales, music and slightly spooky stories followed by marshmallow roasting by the campfire.

Allison-Deaver House Barn

Antique and Collectible Sale

The Historical Society will have a sale in the Fall to raise funds for the house repairs and restoration. Donations of the following items are accepted to benefit the Historical Society.  Clean out your attic and basement and we will pick up the items for the sale.


Fine China

Antique Furniture

Decorative Art Items

Linens~antique quilts & clothing


Antique Toys

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The 200th Birthday Celebration on July 25, 2015 was a huge success with about 1,000 people attending, 18 period artisans and crafters, music by Carolina Blue, tours of the house, delicious food by Mayberry Restaurant, birthday cake and ice cream.

 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 May 7, 2016 through October 16th, 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 May 7th through October 16th 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

Board of Directors

Mac Morrow, President
Marcy Thompson, Vice-President
Edwin Jones, Treasurer
Gene Baker
Charlie Burden
Marilyn Compton
The Honorable Emory Gash*
Martha Jaye Johnson
Marjorie Lillard
Jim Lyday
Keith Parker
Gladys Taylor
Susan Kaczmarek, Program Manager


Transylvania County Historical Society
P.O. Box 2061, Brevard, NC 28712
(828) 884-5137
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Upcoming Events
  • October 21, 2017 5:30 PMDown By the Barn Stories & Music
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