The city of Durham, North Carolina, is home to the world-renowned Duke University and Duke Medical Center, as well as several other prestigious colleges and universities.
Transylvania County, located in the western part of North Carolina, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Cherokee, who used the land for hunting and trading. However, European settlement began in the mid-18th century when settlers from Scotland and Ireland arrived in the region.

In the early 19th century, Transylvania County experienced significant growth thanks to the logging industry. Dense forests and a network of rivers made it an ideal location for timber extraction. Large sawmills were established, attracting workers and boosting the local economy. This period of economic prosperity lasted until the early 20th century when the logging industry declined due to depleted resources.

The natural beauty of Transylvania County, particularly its numerous waterfalls and mountains, also attracted outdoor enthusiasts and tourists. As a result, recreational tourism became an important part of the local economy. The establishment of Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Recreational Forest added to the region's appeal, attracting outdoor enthusiasts from all over.

Today, Transylvania County continues to be known for its outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and exploring the many stunning waterfalls. The county is also home to Brevard College and serves as a gateway to the popular tourist destination, the Blue Ridge Parkway. With a rich history and natural splendor, Transylvania County remains a haven for those seeking outdoor adventure and scenic beauty.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Transylvania County, North Carolina.

  • 1787 - Transylvania County is established as part of the state of North Carolina.
  • 1861-1865 - The American Civil War takes place, affecting the county's population and economy.
  • 1868 - The town of Brevard is incorporated as the county seat of Transylvania County.
  • 1895 - The first railroad line is established in Transylvania County, providing improved transportation for goods and people.
  • 1940s-1950s - Transylvania County experiences a decline in its population due to outmigration and economic changes.
  • 1971 - The Pisgah National Forest is expanded, increasing tourism and outdoor recreational opportunities in the county.
  • 1994 - The DuPont Corporation donates 10,400 acres of land to the state, leading to the establishment of DuPont State Recreational Forest.
  • 2000s - Transylvania County sees a growth in population and a diversification of its economy, with an emphasis on tourism, healthcare, and education.