Translyvania County

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Cities/Towns: Brevard* - Cedar Mountains - Cherryland - Lake Toxaway - Rosman - Sapphire

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Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, the Brevard Music Center (BMC) has been providing young musicians with the opportunity to develop their talents for sixty-eight years.
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Brevard Music Center


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Welcome to one of the most beautiful places on Earth - the mountains of western North Carolina. There are hundreds of waterfalls and miles of hiking trails in this area and you could spend a lifetime trying to see everything.
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Transylvania's Waterfall Location Map
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Land of the Waterfalls Tourist Guide


A Brief History of the Formation of Translyvania County

Source: History

All of present day Transylvania County was once home to the Cherokee Indian. White settlers came here in the 1770s and by 1838 government policy led to the removal of the Cherokee from the area. For many years these frontier lands' ownership was disputed between South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. In 1819, after much legal maneuvering, the area was declared part of North Carolina and in 1861 Transylvania County was established. The economy of this young community was primarily agricultural. The Davidson River Iron Works was the first industry of note and it contributed heavily to the Confederate army during the civil war. Growth was slow after the civil war until 1895 when the railroad arrived. The new transportation spurred the economy in new directions; developing industry, tourism, forestry, and education. In 1916 the Pisgah National Forest was created, a first of its kind in th eastern United States, developing recreation on its rivers and trails. Education and culture were developed with the creation of Brevard College and Brevard Music Center. Resorts and summer camps sprang up to boost tourism due to the abundant beauty and comfortable climate. The Great Depression came in 1929 and hammered the county hard but the federal government's Civilian Conservation Corps program revitalized the area with the most noteable being the construction of the Blue Ridge.

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