Brevard, NC – The Land of Waterfalls

Brevard is a city in Transylvania County. The area’s many waterfalls have earned it the nickname, “The Land of Waterfalls”, Brevard is also known for its white squirrels. There are several theories of how they came to live there, including an overturned carnival truck and an escaped pet breeding with native squirrels. The White Squirrel Festival takes place on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday preceding Memorial Day. It features the white Squirrel, Pisgah Pete, live music, arts & crafts, and food.

The town is a shopper’s paradise with shops, galleries and restaurants.  Nice town, did not see any white squirrels.  I like the metal sculptures around town.

O.P. Taylor – “The coolest toy store on the planet” – 16 S. Broad Street

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O P TAYLOR TOY STORE

ART Works – is a working studio, gallery, they also offer classes – 27 S. Broad St.

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ART WORKS

Penny Lane Exchange – costumes and eclectic items – 32 S. Broad St.

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PENNY LANE

Local Color – handcrafted jewelry, wood art, metal art, pottery and repurposed items – 36 SW. Broad St.

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LOCAL COLOR

Bracken Mountain Bakery – Owned and operated by the Tellman’s since 1995. 42 S. Broad St.

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Red Wolf Gallery – Featuring Regional and International Artists and Craftsman – 8 East Main St.

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Number 7 Art Gallery – offers a diverse collection of artwork by local Transylvania County Artists.  12 E. Main Street

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Market 36 E. Main – Artisan Grab & Go Market. Featuring prepared foods, Locally sourced & Louisiana products, wine, beer and specialty foods

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36 MAIN

Brevard Brewing – family owned business, they make the beer and specialize in lagers.  63 E. Main St.

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Theophilus – women’s clothing and accessories – 66 E. Main St.

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Fox Hollow Gifts – gifts, collectibles and unique seasonal items – 15 W. Main St and Main Street Market Shops

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Spice It To A Tea – teas, spices, rubs, salts and infused olive oils – 64 W. Main St.

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SPICE IT TO A TEA

Haen Gallery – in the old Brevard Lumberyard.   Metal sculptures on the outside of the gallery (large picture at top)  200 King Street

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HAEN GALLERY
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HAEN GALLERY

The Transylvania Heritage Museum is in a house was built by Thomas D. England in 1890.  Exhibits featuring the people and artifacts of the county.

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TRANSYLVANIA HERITAGE MUSEUM

Mud Dabbers – in and old General Store, circa 1922, the gallery store has pottery from 25 local potters.  The working studio is located next door.  3623 Greenville Hwy – 4 ½ miles South of Brevard

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Mountain Forest Pottery – pottery and fine crafts – 2395 Greenville Hwy.

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MOUNTAIN FOREST POTTERY

Duck Pond Pottery – a working ceramic studio and gallery.  1840 Greenville Hwy

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DUCK POND POTTERY

Cowpens, Mayo and Converse, South Carolina

COWPENS, SC

Cowpens is a town in Spartanburg County.  Population 2,217 in 2013.

Hwy 29/Main Street runs through the town of Cowpens.  The town is small but they have restaurants and stores.  In 1976, the Cowpens Bicentennial Committee decided they would have a festival called the Mighty Moo Festival in honor of former crewmen of the USS Cowpens WWII aircraft carrier.  Festival is held on the third weekend of June.

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MAIN STREET
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SWEET PEA  – MAIN STREET
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MAIN STREET

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During the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Cowpens was fought on January 17, 1781, resulting in a decisive victory for American Patriot forces over British troops. The battle site is preserved at Cowpens National Battlefield, located 9 miles north of town in Cherokee County, near the town of Chesnee. (check out the Chesnee post, I wrote about the battlefield)

Two ships of the U.S. Navy have been named USS Cowpens in honor of the battle.

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AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PAINTING – MAIN STREET

The Cowpens Depot, built in 1896, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.   The Cowpens Depot Museum and Civic Center houses items donated by crewmen and local citizens emphasizing the WWII naval history.  Displayed items include clothing, photos, medals, and personal letters of former USS Cowpens crewmen.  The museum is open by appointment.  120 Palmetto St.

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COWPENS DEPOT

Historic marker reads:  (picture above) This passenger and freight depot was built in 1896 by the Southern Railway and was originally 1 block N. at Brown & Church Sts. It replaced an 1873 depot on the Atlanta & Charlotte Air Line Railway, later merged into the Southern. This depot served passengers into the 1950s and handled freight until 1967. It was moved in 1982

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COWPEN’S VETERAN MEMORIAL PARK – ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE DEPOT
 CONVERSE, SC

Converse is in Spartanburg County, the community is next to Cowpens, separated by the Pacolet River.  No town, the community has a closed mill and mill houses around it.

At the Pacolet River Bridge are plaques about the flood of 1903.

At dawn on the morning of June 6, 1903, floodwaters roared through the Pacolet River valley.  As the high water thundered downstream from mill village to mill village, people in the path of the flash flood had no warning it was coming. Before the morning was over, the day would become the deadliest flood event in state history.

Historical accounts claim 70 deaths from the flood, but the toll was likely many more. The flood’s fury destroyed four textile mills and inflicted heavy damage to two others, laid waste to at least 75 homes and wiped out warehouses filled with cotton bales. Many of the victims were never found; others were buried where their bodies were discovered, some as far away as Union County. The flood left a 12-mile-long path of devastation strewn with textile machinery, downed trees, flattened houses, washed-out bridges, and the bodies of its victims. More than 4,000 cotton mill employees from Converse to Pacolet were without paychecks for many months.

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DAM ACROSS PACOLET RIVER
MAYO, SC

 Mayo is in Spartanburg County.  No town, there is a post office, fire department, pawn shop, convenience store, homes and churches.  Highway 221 goes through Mayo to Chesnee which is 5 miles north.

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FIRE DEPARTMENT
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POST OFFICE