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Marker detail: North Carolina Confederate Veterans Memorial Forest dedication ceremony image, Touch for more information
Marker detail: North Carolina Confederate Veterans Memorial Forest dedication ceremony
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Balsam Grove — Restoring A Forest
Commercial logging and devastating wildfires scarred the forests of America in the early decades of the 1900s. To repair the damage, the United States Forest Service began the "Penny Pine" program in the 1930s, encouraging people to donate a penny . . . — Map (db m123299) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Biltmore Forest School — Founded September 1, 1898
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North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Blacksmith — Keeping horses and equipment in top shape
The clang of a hammer on iron and the acrid scent of coal smoke were commonplace at the Biltmore Forest School. Two blacksmiths, each with their own business 14 miles away in Brevard, took turns working here. Not only did the horses require shoes . . . — Map (db m43798) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — P 70 — Brevard College
Methodist. Opened 1934 on campus of Brevard Institute after merger of Rutherford College (est. 1853) and Weaver College (est. 1873). — Map (db m12483) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — P 67 — Civilian Conservation Corps
CCC camps were established as a New Deal relief measure. Camp John Rock, among first, operated here, 1933-36. — Map (db m43543) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — College Stone Wall and Gate
Erected by WPA in 1936-7 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By The United States Department of the Interior 1994 — Map (db m12482) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Commissary — Hub of the community
Each day before heading to the woods, Biltmore Forest School students stopped at the commissary for a quick lunch that might have included hoop cheese, pork and beans, or canned peaches. The open area around the store was a great place to play . . . — Map (db m43546) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Conestee
Site of Conestee legendary lost setttlement of the ancient Cherokee Nation visited by British troops in 1725 Disappeared 1777 — Map (db m12448) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Devil's Courthouse
The bare rock profile named Devil's Courthouse is sinister in appearance and legend. Its "devilish" look has contributed to the many folk tales surrounding this mountain. Within the mountain is a cave where, legend claims, the devil holds . . . — Map (db m70413) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Draw Road — A link with the outside world
In the days before Vanderbilt bought this land, families drove the cattle, pigs, geese and turkeys they raised in these mountains along this road to the market in Greenville and Charleston, SC. The main link with the outside world, this road came up . . . — Map (db m44222) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Dunn's Rock Masonic
Near this location the first meeting of Dunn's Rock Masonic Lodge No.267 A.F.& A.M. was held in stone building August 4, 1867 Date of Charter December 4, 1867 — Map (db m12449) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — P 48 — Estatoe Path
Trading route between mountain settlements of the Cherokee and their town Estatoe, in what is now South Carolina, passed nearby. — Map (db m12437) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Forest Decline
What killed the trees? The balsam wooly adelgid, a pinhead-size insect native to Europe, is responsible. It began attacking the Fraser fir forests here in the 1970s. The red spruce, unaffected by the adelgid, survives in the midst of this . . . — Map (db m58934) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — P-59 — Forestry School
First U.S. school of forestry, Established 1898 by Dr. C.A. Schenck, chief forester, Biltmore estate. Location until 1909 was nearby. — Map (db m11722) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Hell Hole — Find yourself a place to stay
Dr. Schenck told new arrivals to the forestry school “find yourself a place to stay.” Many did so in the cabins left by settlers after Vanderbilt purchased their land. Students gave their cabins playful names such as “Gnat . . . — Map (db m43988) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Highest Elevation on Blue Ridge Parkway
6053 Ft. Highest elevation Blue Ridge Parkway Motor Road. United States Department of the Interior National Park Service — Map (db m58933) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — In Honor and Memory
[Freedom side of marker]: In honor and memory of those from Transylvania County who Sacrificed their lives in the Defense of Our Country Vietnam Milton Goldsmith • Joe D. Hudson • Reginald W. Lynch • Victor G. McCall • Weldon B. . . . — Map (db m80478) WM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Looking Glass Rock
What good was a high windswept ridge beyond its obvious scenic beauty? Dr. Carl Schenck, who managed 80,000 acres of George W. Vanderbilt's Pisgah Forest between 1895 and 1909, tried raising livestock! In 1902, Schenck spent $25 on a goat fence on . . . — Map (db m43790) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Looking Glass Rock
Like a gigantic mirror, Looking Glass Rock reflects a dazzle of sunlight when water collects on its granite face. This display is especially spectacular in winter when the water turns to ice. Looking Glass Rock is a pluton formed by underground . . . — Map (db m70420) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Moon Tree
You may never go to the moon but, if you touch this tree you will be touching something that has. When Stuart Roosa, a former Forest Service smoke jumper, served as an astronaut on the Apollo XIV mission he wanted to take something along to honor . . . — Map (db m43548) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — P 13 — North Carolina / South Carolina
(Side A) North Carolina Colonized, 1585-87, by first English settlers in America; permanently settled C. 1650; First to vote Readiness for Independence. Apr. 12 1776 (Side B) South Carolina Formed in 1712 from part of . . . — Map (db m12434) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Ranger's Dwelling — A home away from home
Constructed in 1882, by Hiram King this large, two-story home was purchased by George W. Vanderbilt to house his rangers. Ranger George Gillespie and his family boarded eight forestry students in the rooms upstairs. For two meals each day, Mrs. . . . — Map (db m43793) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Rock House Creek Lodge — A Black Forest Lodge
To the “mountaineers”, or people who lived around the Pisgah Forest, these lands were theirs to log, pasture, hunt and moonshine as they had for years. In an effort to convince them otherwise, Schenck installed rangers in lodges at . . . — Map (db m43795) HM
North carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Schenck's Office — Wtiting the book on forestry in America
Local handyman Judson Meece converted an abandoned barn into a fine office for Dr. Schenck. While Eleanor Ketchum, his secretary, and Dan Marshall, the bookkeeper were busy in the front office, Dr Schenck prepared his lectures, graded papers and . . . — Map (db m43794) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Schoolhouse — Beginning the Forester's Education
In 1906 a horse was basic equipment for a forestry student. Dr. Schenck expected his students to be on time for classes and that often meant they arrived at a gallop. After a morning spent in textbook learning' it was out to the field for some . . . — Map (db m43792) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — St. Philip's Parish
The first recorded Episcopal service in what is now Transylvania County was June 5, 1856. St Pauls-in-the-Valley (2.5 miles south) was organized soon after and a church constructed. After the Civil War, the parish was reorganized in Brevard as St. . . . — Map (db m12439) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — The Weaver College Bell
Cast on January 29, 1841 These Bricks and the Hand-hewn Beams Were a Part of The Weaver College Administration Building Which was Constructed in Weaverville, North Carolina 1872 — Map (db m12484) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Transylvania County Courthouse
First Transylvania County Courthouse Built in 1866-wood frame building Brick Courthouse and County Jail Begun in 1879 and completed in 1881 Courthouse expanded and New jail constructed in 1920. Courthouse and Jail Building Renovated in 1983 . . . — Map (db m12488) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — P 76 — Walton War
A boundary dispute in 1804 between N.C. & Ga. led to armed conflict. Militia called out after constable John Havner was killed ½ mile E. — Map (db m12438) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Wash Place — Keeping themselves clean
Students were responsible for doing their own laundry. Everyone,including Mrs. Gillespie and Mrs. Case, came here on washday. Clothes were boiled in a kettle over an open fire using “Octagon” soap from the commissary or homemade soap if . . . — Map (db m44224) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Weaver College Bell Tower
in Memory of Weaver College 1872-1933 Weaverville, North Carolina Dedicated April 3, 1992 — Map (db m12486) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Pisgah Forest — Allison-Deaver House — A Case of Mistaken Identity
This was the home of William Deaver and his wife, Margaret Patton Deaver. It was the scene of a tragic shooting in February 1865, a consequence of the tumult that the Civil War created among North Carolinians. When the war began, a few . . . — Map (db m75478) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Rosman — P 15 — A.S. Merrimon — 1830 - 1892
U.S.Senator, 1873-79; Chief Justice of State Supreme Court, 1889-92. Birthplace was 1 mi. E. — Map (db m20987) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Rosman — P 47 — Estatoe Path
Trading route between mountain settlements of the Cherokee and their town Estatoe, in what is now South Carolina, passed nearby. — Map (db m56240) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Rosman — P 91 — Tanneries
Lost industry in western N.C. Bark used to process animal hides to make leather goods. Joseph Silversteen operated one here from 1901 to 1958. — Map (db m70761) HM

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