Downtown Brevard through the Eyes of a Historian
Brevard and Transylvania County have a fascinating history. In this month’s Field Notes, we’re excited to talk to Rebecca Suddeth, director of the Transylvania
Rebecca comes by her love of history honestly. Her family goes back eight generations in Transylvania County where, growing up in the Cathey’s Creek area between Rosman and Brevard, she would sit and listen to her grandmothers’ stories.
“They could tell me stories about their grandparents and that just fascinated me,” says Rebecca.
“That’s reaching back over one hundred years. For a child, that’s hard to even fathom.”
Rebecca especially enjoyed her grandmothers’ reminiscences about their own childhood. “When they talk about being five years old and fighting with their siblings, it connects generations. You also realize that people don’t change!”
After graduating from college, Rebecca became interested in old houses and cemeteries. One thing led to another and in 2008, she was invited by the Transylvania Heritage Coalition to set up a history museum. The museum opened in May of 2008 in the Lawrence building on Jordan Street. Naturally, that building has a history too: it was built in 1926 and served as Brevard’s first post office.