Great music and food coming to Silvermont along with the lighted trail- Pumpkin Fest 2019!

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Set up for Pumpkin Fest continues

Pumpkinteers continued setting up today for pumpkin fest at Silvermont starting Oct 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26. Thanks to Schenk Job Corps for their help.IMG_20191001_135014IMG_20191001_134824IMG_20191001_135054IMG_20191001_134850_1

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Pumpkin Fest Set Up Starts Today!

Monday, September 30 is the start of set up for Pumpkin Fest 2019. Here are some pictures of the Pumpkinteers working hard today.

Thank you so much to the Schenck Job Corp and 14 other volunteers who showed up to work hard at Silvermont Park today setting up the displays.  If you are interested in helping, there are lots of opportunities for all types of skill levels and abilities.

If you are in the Silvermont Park over the next month, please don’t let little kids kick or hit the pumpkins, as they are fragile.

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Great music, lighted trail and food at Pumpkin Fest in Brevard 2019

Happy to share our great food options at pumpkin fest at Silvermont in Brevard this year! Tim Roof Pizza, The BBQ Shed, and Bills Boilerhouse Coffee! Oct. 11-12, 18-19, 25 from 7-9 pm. Oct. 26 5-9 pm. Lighted pumpkin trail, great music and more! $5 admission cash, $5 car onsite parking. Free parking on street.under the sea

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Visit the Silvermont Second Floor Museum!

The Transylvania Heritage Museum docents provide tours to the Silvermont Museum on Fridays from 1-4 pm.  Contact the Transylvania Heritage Museum for more information.

Silvermont Museum is open Friday afternoons from 1 -4 pm. Tours can be arranged by contacting The Transylvania Heritage Museum at 884-2347 or by email to curator@transylvaniaheritage.org

Here is the information from theTransylvania Heritage Museum page on Silvermont.

http://www.transylvaniaheritage.org/content/silvermont

Silvermont

Silvermont Mansion, built by Transylvania Industrialist Joseph Silversteen in 1917, anchors an 8 acres county park located on East Main Street in Brevard. The property is operated by Transylvania County Parks and Recreation. A second-floor house museum, reflecting the era of the Silversteen family, is managed by the Transylvania Heritage Museum. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981 and is located in the East Main Street Historic District

In the early 20th century, Joseph Silversteen owned and operated at least five industries in the county including the Toxaway Tanning Company, the Gloucester Lumber Company, the Gloucester Company Store, the Rosman Tanning and Extract Company and the Transylvania Tanning Company.

When Joseph and his wife Elizabeth moved to Transylvania County in 1902, they settled in the town of Toxaway (Now Rosman). That is where Joseph opened his first tannery, the Toxaway Tanning Company, and where their three daughters Miriam, Dorothy and Adelaide, were born,

In 1916, Joseph purchased eight acres from A. E. Boardman on East Main Street and built a two-and-a-half-story, five bay, 33-room Colonial Revival mansion. The rooms, two deep, have paneled wainscot with handsome millwork. The front entrance opens into a center hall with a wide, open-string staircase. In addition to the many bedrooms, baths, and sitting rooms, the house boasts a conservatory and a grand parlor which the family used to play bridge.

The last Silversteen, Dorothy Silversteen Bjerg, passed away in 1972, leaving the house and grounds to Transylvania County.

Her will states that Silvermont “be used as a recreation and community center for the benefit of the citizens of Transylvania County. It is my desire and wish that the facilities be adapted to provide accommodations for the gatherings of elderly people and the youth of the community, and that it serve as  a center for art and crafts programs and such other useful and educational purposes as the Board of County Commissioners shall deem appropriate.”

To honor Dorothy’s wishes, the county has created a multi-use facility for the citizens of the county. Silvermont Opportunity Center provides a range of services, activities, and programs to encourage active aging. The second floor of the house is dedicated to a museum, reflecting the era and lifestyle of the Silversteen family. The grounds currently include tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground, picnic shelter, nature trails, and educational gardens.

Silvermont Museum is open Friday afternoons from 1 -4 pm. Tours can be arranged by contacting The Transylvania Heritage Museum at 884-2347 or by email to curator@transylvaniaheritage.org

 

 

 

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Pumpkin Fest Poster for 2019

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Pumpkin Fest is Coming!!!

00000IMG_00000_BURST20190830141306614_COVERThe Friends of Silvermont set up the Pumpkin Fest signs in early September, with the Pumpkin Kids waving at cars and people passing by Main Street.   This is the 5th Annual Pumpkin Fest, with fun for kids, families of all ages, and for special date nights- walking the lighted pumpkin display trail, games, facepainting, historic mansion open, music, food and more.  The cost is affordable, still $5 admission, $5 onsit parking (cash only).

Dates are last 3 Fridays and Saturdays in October:  October 11-12, 18-19, 25-26.  Hours are 7-9 pm except Saturday Oct. 26- 5-9 pm.

We’ll have Tin Roof Pizza food truck and Bill’s Boilerhouse Coffee this year, and fantastic music groups each night.  Stay tuned for more information.

Silvermont Park and Mansion is located at 363 E. Main St.  Brevard, NC 28712.   Tell your friends!

We are also on Facebook at:

Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont Park, Brevard, NC

Silvermont Park

 

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Upcoming county commissioner meeting on Friends of Silvermont and update on Silvermont progress

Update on Pumpkin Fest and Silvermont from Pinkie Byrd on behalf of the Friends of Silvermont board:

Just a short note to update you on what has been happening.

This summer we were pleased to arrange for and fund the restoration/renovation of the first floor of the mansion. which included repairs and refinishing of the hardwood floors, new paint and installation of custom wooden, interior shutters.

Next we partnered with Parks and Rec to spruce up the dolphin and turtle on the grounds. Their new paint jobs are wonderful.

Meanwhile we arranged for Schenck Job Corps to refinish and paint the porch rockers. They should soon appear back on the front porch.

Our big project was our 4th Annual Pumpkin Fest and we are pleased with the results. We grossed over $16,000 (Net was over $8000) and had a total attendance of 2765…both are record breakers. The funds earned from this plus your donations are what has made it possible for us to do this work.

Our next step is a presentation to the Transylvania County Commissioners on Thursday, November 29th at 7:30 in the administrations building to discuss our relationship. We look forward to continuing a positive relationship with them and planning for future projects. If you are free that evening, your presence at the meeting would go a long way in showing the commissioners how much the community appreciates Silvermont Park and work of the Friends of Silvermont.

Pinkie Byrd for Friends of Silvermont

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Information on Silvermont Second Floor Museum Updated on Silvermont Website

As the Pumpkineers clean up Silvermont Park from Pumpkin Fest 2018, the Visit page of the Silvermont website was updated today to reflect the new hours of the Second Floor Silvermont Museum, run by the Transylvania Heritage Museum.

“Walk upstairs to the second floor’s beautiful museum, reflecting the era of the original Silvermont mansion family, the Silversteens. The museum is currently managed by the Transylvania Heritage Museum, with trained docents providing guided tours.

The Silvermont second floor museum is open each week (excluding holidays) on Thursdays from 6-7:15 pm and on Fridays from 1-4 pm.  from the first of March to the end of October.  Private tours can be arranged by calling the Transylvania Heritage Museum at 884- 2347.”

Thanks to those who called this to our attention last week.  If you have any comments or input on the website, please provide your comments to bandurragam at gmail dot com, current webmaster.

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Pumpkin Fest 2018 great success due to community and volunteer support!

Thank you very much to the almost 3000 people who attended pumpkin fest over the last 3 weekends, as well as the musicians and volunteers who helped put on a great event. Lots of hard work and fun, for a good cause, to help Silvermont mansion and park via friends of Silvermont. Hope everyone who attended got a chance to see the refinished floors, repainted walls, and new window blinds on the first floor, all of which were paid for by previous fundraisers. Thank you to all for your support.poster 2018

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Pumpkin Fest Tonite at 7-9 pm

All, we are watching the weather today and still plan to open up pumpkin fest at Silvermont tonight at 7 pm. If needed can move music in the house and kid activities to the covered porches. Bring rain gear and umbrellas to walk the trail to see lighted pumpkins. Rain should lighten during late afternoon and early evening.

If anything changes, will announce on this page.

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WLOS morning show features pumpkin fest at Silvermont!

Check out Lauren Brigman’s wonderful coverage today!    Thank you very much to WLOS for the beautiful shots of a few of the displays.

https://wlos.com/news/news-13-this-morning/silvermont-pumpkin-fest-in-brevard

Last weekend of pumpkin fest at Silvermont is this Fri and Sat, 7-9 pm.   The Outside Dogs (fri) and Marc Brown and Friends (sat) are providing music this weekend.

 

 

 

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Second weekend of pumpkin fest!

Pumpkin Fest 2nd weekend coming this Friday and Saturday 7-9 pm. Here’s the info on music and activities. Oct 26 act is changed to “The Outside Dogs”. Lots of fun for families.

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Music change Oct. 26

All, we just have been notified of an error in our music schedule for the Oct 26 pumpkin fest event. Instead of the Road Apple Ramblers, The Outside Dogs will be playing. We apologise for the error. Time is still 7-9.

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Bradford Carson sat. 7-9 pm Sat nite Oct 13 at Pumpkin Fest

Read all about him!

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