We came across an interesting document the other day while doing some research for the Rockbrook archives that features Nancy Carrier, Rockbrook’s founder. We have mentioned in a previous blog post that Nancy Carrier was instrumental in the creation of The Brevard Music Center and served on it’s board of directors until her death in 1977. Here is a copy of the Music Center’s very first summer series from 1946, featuring a great picture of Mrs. Carrier.
While going through our archives recently we came across this fascinating article about Nancy Carrier, published in The Transylvania Times in 1989. It was printed in honor of what would have been her 100th birthday. It is a wonderful addition to our archives, and is a testament to the legacy of Nancy Carrier. Besides being the founder of Rockbrook Camp, she also was one of the founders of Brevard Music Camp, now Brevard Music Center. She also was a chairman of the first hospital auxiliary in Brevard and helped found Lyday Memorial Hospital, the first public Hospital in Transylvania County.
We also loved learning more about the early days of Rockbrook. Did you know that through Mrs. Carrier, the local Red Cross met at Rockbrook and made bandages for the war effort. Or that sewing circles were held at Rockbrook to make useful items for soldiers during World War II?
Nancy Carrier passed away in 1977 and is buried right down the street from Rockbrook in St.Paul’s-in-the-Valley Cemetery. We hope to locate more information on Mrs. Carrier and will share it with you as we uncover more about our remarkable founder.