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.

2017 Events at the Allison-Deaver House

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

Lula’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 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
Email us!

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