|The Girl Scout “Little House” today|
The Girl Scout “Little House” is nestled among the trees in
Franklin Park and has been providing meeting space for Girl Scout troops of
Transylvania County for decades.
Girl Scouting in Transylvania County began in the 1920s under
the supervision of Florence Lyle, Annette Patton, and Bertie Ballard. A few
years later, Elizabeth Zachary replaced Annette Patton, and it was Zachary who
began fundraising for a scout building. Completion of the project was a long
time in the works, however.
Early in its formation, sponsorship of Girl Scouts in
Transylvania County was taken on by the Wednesday Club, a women’s club that met
(and continues to meet) regularly to exchange ideas, listen to speakers, and
engage in charitable efforts in the community. The drive to fundraise for the
construction of a meeting house unfortunately hit a slump when the Wednesday Club
discontinued sponsorship in the 1930s. The Girl Scouts continued on in
Transylvania County without sponsorship due to the sole efforts of leader Rebecca
In 1940 the Girl Scout Executive Council was formed, and with
the reorganization, a significant amount of fundraising toward construction of
a meeting house was accomplished. War years put the construction on hiatus, and
it wasn’t until 1948 that the dream finally came to fruition.
The Girl Scout Little House held an open house on October 24,
1948, boasting a large recreation room, kitchen, bath, and storage rooms. The
fireplace is original to the design and was a functional part of the heating of
the building from the onset.
Girl Scout troops continue to share use of the building,
which is on property owned by the City of Brevard, as they engage in activities
to promote their growth, leadership, and service to their community.