About Brevard

Would you like to live in a community with a small-town feel, yet access to quality services and the arts? Brevard is a city of 7,600 residents and is the county seat of Transylvania County, population 33,000 (statistics as of the 2010 census.) It is a fun small town with a lovely traditional Main Street and a variety of great restaurants. There are several fine art galleries, and a fourth Friday Gallery Walk. Our county library is terrific and just ten years old. It sponsors great programs in arts, storytelling, local history and more. Asheville is 34 miles away, with more music, restaurants, arts, and liveliness, and all the advantages of a University of North Carolina campus.

Brevard is home to the internationally-known Brevard Music Center. Now in its 80th year, BMC attracts talented young people from all over world, extraordinary faculty, and an appreciative audience from considerable distances to the annual six-week Music Festival. The Brevard Philharmonic and many programs offered by Brevard College enhance the music choices for us, as do the many other venues hosting all kinds of music, especially bluegrass. Our highly-ranked regional hospital is affiliated with a larger hospital system based in Asheville.

Would you like to wake up with beauty all around you? Come to Transylvania County. Often cited as one of the “best places to retire,” Transylvania County is beautiful, with a mild climate, the Blue Ridge mountains, a national forest, 250 waterfalls, and renowned hiking, biking, fly fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Brevard is becoming known as a mountain biking destination, and hosts several mountain biking events each year.

Are you looking for a community in which to raise healthy children? Nature deficit disorder is real… but not for us. Our children know the woods, they know animals, they know adventure. Yours will too.

Do you want to know there is work for our hands? Brevard and Transylvania County have seen most good-paying jobs in manufacturing disappear, leaving a service economy. While there are pockets of affluence, there are also pockets of poverty, and almost half the children in Transylvania County schools qualify for free lunch. UUTC has been instrumental in establishing a free medical clinic and the county’s only homeless shelter, and formed the county’s Living Wage Coalition. We volunteer at all the agencies helping the underserved. There is always more to be done.

Are you looking for a challenge? There are definitely two cultures here, sometimes referred to as the “born-heres” and the “came-heres.” Those cultural differences show up in every area of life. Western North Carolina, with the exception of Asheville, is also very conservative, particularly in religion and politics. UUTC is a liberal oasis, and we sometimes struggle with engaging the larger community without generating hostility. Can you help us bring our message into the public square?