local history & genealogy

The Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room collects and preserves materials about Transylvania County families, businesses, organizations, and history. The Local History staff assists with family and personal research, architectural and cultural history, and use of technology and resources.

local history resources

Local history articles as seen in the Transylvania Times.
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Direct access to Transylvania County Library photos, newspapers, scrapbooks, yearbooks, and phone directories online through Digital NC.
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Dig into Transylvania County’s past through the library’s Picturing the Past blog.

Aiken Family Connections

The Aikens were kin to, married to, or in business with many of the first families to settle what is now Transylvania County. One Aiken with multiple connections was Julius […]

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The Monarch of Elk Park

William H. Allison, born to Alexander D.B. Allison and Eveline Lister in 1856, grew up on Beechnut Farm, where Straus Park is today. In the early 1900s Allison was given […]

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Backus Lodge: Remnant of an Era

At the turn of the century, many urban industrialists were drawn to the southern Appalachian mountains as an escape from the stresses of their city lives. In 1906 one such […]

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