A look back
at the headlines of yesteryear offers a glimpses at what was occurring in
Transylvania County 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, and 100 years ago. This week Picturing the Past will focus on
one news story from each of the years of 1917, 1927, and 1937.
|Transylvania Tanning guilt in 1917.|
Joseph Silversteen opened Transylvania Tanning in Brevard. The population of Brevard was expected to
nearly double due to the demand for skilled labor in operating the plant. Up to 150 men were employed just to construct
the complex of buildings. The main
building was a 2-story structure measuring 750 x 70 feet. It could house seven hundred 4,000 gallon
vats on the main floor. It was noted
that there was a need for additional housing for the workforce at Silversteen’s
industries in both Brevard and Rosman.
|Stone fireplace in the original lodge at Eagle’s Nest Camp.|
1927 saw the
addition of another summer camp in Transylvania County. Eagles Nest Camp for Girls relocated to
Brevard after five years in Waynesville.
The camp was owned and operated by Miss Carol Oppenheimer. Located on 40 acres bordering the Little
River, the camp included a swimming lake, clay tennis courts, and hiking and
riding trails. R.H. Morrow supervised construction. Buildings included a recreation hall and a
dining hall surrounded by cabins within the natural setting. Eagles Nest Camp accepted girls from 5 to 15
years-old. The camp filled a need for
younger campers and those who were less physically active.
|The NYA building beside Brevard was constructed of logs.|
In 1937 the
National Youth Administration, part of Roosevelt’s New Deal focusing on work
and education for 16 to 25 year olds, constructed a training and recreational
building on school property on Broad St. in Brevard. The cross shaped building was 60 feet long
one direction and 70 feet long the other and was a total of 2600 square feet. It included an auditorium, a shop for boys,
and a home economics room for girls.
From the beginning the plan was to turn the building over to the school
system when the NYA was discontinued.
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]