About the Allison-Deaver House

Allison-Deaver House

Allison-Deaver House in Transylvania County, NC

The Allison-Deaver House is the oldest standing frame house in Western North Carolina. Slated for demolition in 1987, a group of citizens quickly formed the Transylvania County Historical Society and bought the house, barn, and the nearly four acres of land. Over the last 25 years, the Society has restored and maintained the house as a tribute to the early settlers, as an example of remarkable mountain-crafted architecture, and as a gift to present and future citizens.

In 1815, when most mountain dwellings were log cabins, Benjamin Allison built a two-story three-over-three room frame house based on the design of row houses in England and America’s east coast. Allison, who had eleven children and most likely needed more space for his family, sold the house to William Deaver in 1830. By 1840, the house was more than doubled in size and by 1860 the Charleston-inspired double porches had been added and William Deaver’s home, seven slaves, and 5,117 acres in scattered locations reflected the prosperity achievable in the mountain economy. Today the Allison-Deaver property is a part of the North Carolina Civil War Trails Program.

2016 Events at the Allison-Deaver House

Season Opening
Membership Event
Saturday, May 7~1:00-4:00 pm

Join us for a family event at the opening of the house for the season. Come tour the house and see all the new additions, roast marshmallows and hot dogs by the fire pit.

Sunday Front Porch Talk
Sunday, June 12 ~ 2:00-3:00 pm

“The Reconstruction Era in Transylvania County and the McGaha Chapel’s Role”
Dr. G. Keith Parker, Speaker

Sunday Front Porch Talk
Sunday, July 10 ~ 2:00-3:00 pm
“The Gillespie Rifles”
Dennis Glazener, Speaker, a Gillespie descendant

Dennis will discuss the differences between the Matthew rifle and the Philip rifle.

Sunday Front Porch Talk
Sunday, August 14~ 2:00-3:00 pm
“History of Mountain Music and the Instruments”
Tom Anderson & Friends

Storytelling Down by the Barn
Saturday, October 15 ~ 5:30 pm
Allison-Deaver House Barn

A fun family event with storytelling by Gary Greene and marshmallow roasting by the campfire.


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.

We are located on the hill above Taco Bell in Pisgah Forest. Driving north on Hwy 280, our drive is the first one on the left past Taco Bell. Come through the pine trees into our parking lot. You may also park in the Wal-Mart parking lot and walk the trail from the rear of Taco Bell to our bridge and cross to the barn then to the house.

Transylvania County Historical Society
P.O. Box 2061, Brevard, NC 28712
(828) 884-5137
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A-D House

Allison-Deaver House, Pisgah Forest, NC


A performance at the Allison-Deaver House barn in Oct 2013

Allison-Deaver House Civil War Memorial Rose Garden

The Allison-Deaver House behind the Civil War Memorial Rose Garden

White Squirrel

A resident white squirrel