In 1838 United States Government policy mandated removal of the Cherokee from many areas, the western North Carolina mountains included. The Cherokee were forced to march to lands in what is now Oklahoma. Some Cherokee escaped deep into the mountains to avoid the "Trail of Tears." Those Indians and their descendants were later recognized as the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Most of them settled on lands that became known as the Cherokee Reservation.
The North Carolina Assembly passed an act on February 15, 1861 establishing Transylvania County. With origin in 1861, Transylvania County is celebrating its sesquicentennial all year long. This Labor Day Weekend included a big celebration for the 150 years of Transylvania County.
[NOTE: I did not attend the celebration and all photographs are from Online newspapers.
The official logo for the 150th Anniversary
A big cardboard cake.
A big REAL birthday cake made by a local bakery. The cake included the Transylvania Courthouse and was made to feed two thousand people.
These flags have lined the city streets most of the year.
Little farmers get some practice driving tractors.
The children got free balloons.
The day concluded with a concert and fireworks.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY!