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For nearly 50 years Pisgah Fish Camp has served residents
and visitors alike.  In 1968 Dan Hawkins
opened the Brevard Fish Camp in the former Club House of the Brevard Country
Club on Country Club Rd.  While fish camp
restaurants were plentiful throughout the coastal and Piedmont areas of North Carolina Hawkins’ restaurant
was the first of this type in the mountains.

Fish camp restaurants were designed to serve fish and
seafood at reasonable prices.  The
Brevard Fish Camp offered catfish, flounder, ocean perch, shrimp, oysters, and
crab; plus hamburgers, hamburger steak, and fried chicken.  The most expensive meals on the menu were
either a seafood platter of oysters, flounder, and shrimp or a dozen fried
oysters for $3.25.  Both were served with
sides of coleslaw, french fries, and hushpuppies.  The only other side available was onion rings
for fifty cents.

The Yesterday photo of the former Pisgah Fish Camp

was provided by Dana Hawkins.

Within a year Hawkins decided to relocate the
restaurant.  He leased a building at the intersection of highways 64, 276, and 280 near the entrance to the Pisgah
National Forest.  At the time there was
very little that far out of town. 
Renamed the Pisgah Fish Camp, the restaurant offered inexpensive food
that wasn’t available elsewhere in a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere where
the customers and staff knew each other well.  Locals were more than willing to drive the short distance from town and folks regularly came from surrounding counties. 
The restaurant also delivered to workers at Ecusta.

On August 7, 1977 a middle of the night fire did
extensive damage to the interior of the restaurant.  The structure remained intact though and with
the help of the community and friends the Pisgah Fish Camp was able to reopen
in less than two weeks. 

The mountain in the background of Don Voltz’s (above)

and Chuck Gilmore’s (below) photographs line up with the mountain

in the early photo to show the location as Pizza Hut today.

Over the years Hawkins owned a total of six different
restaurants from Buncombe County to Greenville, SC.  It was a family run business.  Dan’s wife, Fran and their children all
worked at the restaurants as well.  After
the fire in 1977 Dana Hawkins took over as manager of the Pisgah Forest
location.

In 1991 Hawkins bought property a few hundred yard to the
east along Hwy. 64, remodeled an old auto repair shop, and moved to the Pisgah
Fish Camp’s present location.   On November
16, 1991 the Brevard Fire Department conducted practice burn on the former
building and other nearby stores in advance of construction for Forest Gate
Shopping Center.

Photographs and information for this column are provided by
the Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room, Transylvania County Library.  Visit the NC Room during regular library
hours (Monday-Friday) to learn more about our history and see additional
photographs.  For more information, comments
or suggestions contact Marcy at [email protected]
or 828-884-1820.

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