Check out this “Land of Waterfalls” video, filmed last fall here in Brevard.
The Transylvania County Library recently contributed over 200 photographs and newspapers to the North Carolina Digital Library. The digital library includes a searchable database of the entire NC Digital Heritage Center Archives. With the ability to search images and newspapers from the early days of Brevard, we have had a great time finding out more about the history of Rockbrook and it’s founder, Nancy Clarke Carrier.
Our first article we discovered is from the Sylvan Valley News, Brevard’s first newspaper which was published from the 1890’s until 1916. The article is from May, 1908.
Nancy Clarke was 19 years old at the time of this tournament. We know from past research that she was a student at Columbia College for Women, so possibly this was a school sponsored tournament? As mentioned in a previous blog post, The Rockbrook House featured a tennis court in the side yard. Perhaps this is where Nancy honed her tennis skills?
When Rockbrook was founded in 1921, tennis was one of the activities offered that first season. With our new insight into Mrs. Carrier and her love of tennis, it is no surprise that she would include it in the activity roster. We continue to offer tennis today and know Mrs. Carrier would be proud to see her legacy continued! Stay tuned for more from the digital archives.
The holidays are officially here when Brevard celebrates with the annual Holiday Parade and Twilight Tour. If you are in the area come on over to Brevard this weekend and join the fun. The Twilight Tour will be held on Saturday, December 4 from 11-4 in the downtown shopping district. Highlights of the day will include carriage rides, carolers, live music at the courthouse, dancers, local vendors and of course, a visit from Santa.
Visit The Heart of Brevard for more information. We hope to see you there!