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Transylvania County

Transylvania County is named for the Latin words “trans” meaning “across” and “sylva” meaning “woods”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Jackson County and  Haywood County

E – Henderson County

S – Greenville County, South Carolina, Pickens County, South Carolina and Oconee County, South Carolina

W – Jackson County


Created:  1861                                        Map of North Carolina highlighting Transylvania County

County Seat: 

Brevard  1861 – present


County Courthouse – Brevard 


Location:  12 East Main Street / North Broad Street

Built:  1873 – 1874

Style:  Georgian Revival

Architect:  Thomas Davis

Contractor:  Thomas Davis


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Brevard. The building has a square brick tower at the center with recessed doorway and vertical narrow window on the second story and with mansard roof at top with clock. There are no windows on the first story and a vertical narrow window on each side of the central tower. The roof is hipped. In the interior, the first story has a central hallway. On either side of the south entrance, stair rise to the courtroom on the second story which has Victorian paneled doors and wooden folding seats. The building houses the County Superior Court and County District Court of the 29th Judicial District. The architect was Thomas Davis and the contractor was Thomas Davis. The building was remodeled in 1919 to 1920 with an addition constructed and jail added in 1921. On the east side is the County Administration Building.


 See:  National Register of Historic Places – Transylvania County Courthouse


See:  The 29th Judicial District includes Henderson County, McDowell County, Polk County and Rutherford County.


History:  The county was created in 1861 and Brevard was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a wood structure erected in Brevard in 1866. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1873 to 1874 at a cost of $12,000.



County Courthouse – Brevard











County Administration Building – Brevard



Photos taken 2008