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TRANSYLVANIA HERITAGE DAY, Saturday, August 6th, Brevard
Posted by: Wylene Alston (ID *****9965) Date: July 06, 2005 at 19:30:43
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Transylvania County to celebrate Transylvania> Heritage Day August 6

The rich past of Transylvania County and
her people will be honored with
a special celebration of heritage presented on
the afternoon of Saturday,
August 6 from 1-4 p.m. The large fellowship
hall of Brevard's St. Timothy
United Methodist Church at the corner of the
Asheville Highway and Hospital
Drive will be the site of the celebration
The entire community is invited to this
free event that is being
produced as a community service by a host of
organizations and several
supporting businesses.
The organizations and businesses joining
hands to produce this special
community-wide heritage celebration include
TransylvanCoGenList - the
Transylvania Genealogy Group, the Transylvania
Times, Jim Bob Tinsley Museum
and Research Center, Transylvania County
Historical Society, the Gillespie
Rifle Works, National Allison-Allanson Family
Association, Transylvania
Joint Historic Preservation Commission/County
Archives, TCIO (Transylvania
Citizens Improvement Organization),
Transylvania Heritage Coalition, Casey
Jones Restaurant, Highland Books, and Roy
Chapman and True Blue Grass Band.
The congregation of St. Timothy Church is
kindly hosting the event.
Live mountain heritage music will be
presented during the afternoon by
renowned mountain fiddler Roy Chapman and the
very talented True Blue Grass
The members of western North Carolina's
premiere folk dance team,
Southern Mountain Fire Cloggers, will join True
Blue Grass Band for a
heritage dance performance that features both
the English smooth dance that
came into the mountains with the first British
Isle settlers and an exciting
high energy, fast-paced performance of
lightning-quick mountain clogging.
The past of Transylvania County will be
brought to life through
extensive historical displays honoring the
founding pioneer families,
presented by the 512 member TransylvanCoGenList
-- the Transylvania
Genealogy Group. The history with precious old
photos of dozens of the early
families will be presented in an exhibition
area affording an intimate
glimpse into the lives of the hardy families
who carved out a pioneer
civilization from the remote Blue Ridge
Mountain wilderness.
The Joint Historic Preservation
Commission's County Archives will
present historical exhibits ranging from local
prehistoric artifacts and
other relics to lovely old photos of the county
and her people in years
The Transylvania County Historical Society
will participate with an
exhibit that includes the past and the
restoration of Transylvania County's
historical architectural jewel, the
Allison-Deaver House.
TCIO (Transylvania Citizens Improvement
Organization) will present a
large exhibit featuring the past of the local
black community - its
businesses, churches and schools, as well as
A very special exhibit and program
featuring the legendary Gillespie
rifles will be presented by Dennis Glazener of
the Gillespie Rifle Works,
published expert on the famed rifle-making clan
of East Fork that settled
here two centuries ago and the family's
magnificently crafted firearms. The
exhibit will feature a large selection of
original Gillespie rifles and
related historical artifacts.
Joining Glazener will be Gillespie gun
collectors and reenactors in
period dress, including Sam Everly and
contemporary gun maker and tombstone
carver David Gillespie who will demonstrate
this old stone carving craft,
and Renee Gillespie who will demonstrate
traditional spinning on the
original Gillespie-Whitmire "great wheel".
At the conclusion of the program, the
audience will be invited outdoors
for a unique chance to hear the haunting sounds
of the Blue Ridge Mountain
frontier being opened two centuries through a
demonstration firing of
Gillespie long rifles.
Tony Morrow of the Transylvania Heritage
Coalition and director of the
Jim Bob Tinsley Museum and Research Center will
present a program on
founding a Transylvania County historical
museum to preserve the priceless
heritage of the county for posterity.
Highland Books, Brevard, and several
selected authors from
TransylvanCoGenList -- the Transylvania
Genealogy Group will have a large
selection of published regional and county
historical and genealogical works
available for purchase. The Historical Society
and the Jim Bob Tinsley
Museum will also have published works
Casey Jones Restaurant, Brevard, co-owner
Yvonne McCall Dickson, will
provide refreshments for the reception. A
drawing for door prizes provided
by several local organizations and businesses
will be held at the end of the
The reception to view the historical
displays with heritage musical
entertainment will open at 1:00 pm. Historical
programs begin at about 2:45
For more information about Transylvania
Heritage Day, contact event
chairman Michael Allison, co-administrator of
the Transylvania Genealogy
Group, at, or call the
group's assistant manager Mary
Galyon, (828) 884-5411.
For information about membership in the
event's lead organization,
TransylvanCoGenList the Transylvania Genealogy
Group, please contact Michael
Allison at the above e-mail address or visit
the group's website at

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