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 June 2, 2018 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

Vintage and Antique Sale

Saturday, April 27


Allison-Deaver House


2018 Events

Historic House Ramble

Saturday, May 19


Tickets: $15, available at the Transylvania Heritage Museum

Explore nine homes that have shaped the history of Brevard over the last 150 years.

Ticket sales benefit the Transylvania Historical Society and the Transylvania Heritage Museum.

McGaha Chapel Singing

Saturday, June 2nd


McGaha Chapel-Cedar Mountain

Sunday History Talk

“The history of the Monarch butterflies, their habitat, feeding sources and how to attract them to your garden.”

Speaker-Joyce Pearsall

Sunday, June 10th


Allison-Deaver House

Sunday History Talk

“The History of Timber Framing and Demonstration”

Speaker: Matthew Agrella-Sevilla, Wheel House Builders

Sunday, July 8th


Allison-Deaver House

Sunday History Talk

“Trains and the Transformation of Transylvania County”

Speaker: Ray Rapp, Western North Carolina Rail Corridor Committee and former State Representative

Sunday, August 12th


Allison-Deaver House

Sunday History Talk

“Hemlock Trees– Natural Pests, Protection and Treatment.”

Speaker-Sara deFosset, Hemlock Restoration Initiative

Sunday, September 9th


Allison-Deaver House

Sunday History Talk

“The Founding of Transylvania County During the Civil War Amid Conflicting Loyalties”

Speakers-Keith Parker and Leslie Parker Borhaug

Sunday, September 23rd


Allison-Deaver House

Afternoon Tea and Trunk Show

Join us for a traditional afternoon tea and jewelry trunk show.

Saturday, September 29th


Tickets: $25

The Inn at Brevard

Menu: Tea Sandwiches, Scones, Clotted Cream, Biscuits, Cookies and Tea

Annual Meeting and Dinner

“Presidential Reconstruction in North Carolina and Transylvania County”

Speaker: Chris Meekins, State Archives of North Carolina

Tickets: $20

Thursday, October 18th


First United Methodist Church

Singing and Storytelling

“Songs of the Big Outdoors”

Cindy Carpenter

Saturday, October 20

5:30 pm

Allison-Deaver House Barn

“Treatment of Hemlock Trees”

Workshop showing how to treat hemlock trees.

Hemlock Restoration Initiative

Saturday, October 27th


Allison-Deaver House

McGaha Chapel Singing

Sunday, December 2nd


McGaha Chapel-Cedar Mountain

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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 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

MaGaha 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
Ellen Harris
Martha Jaye Johnson
Don Jordan
Jim Lyday
Mac Morrow
Keith Parker
Jinks Ramsey
Marcy Thompson
Susan Kaczmarek, Program Manager


Transylvania County Historical Society
P.O. Box 2061, Brevard, NC 28712
(828) 884-5137
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Upcoming Events
  • April 27, 2019 10:00 AMVintage and Antique Sale
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