When Morris and Carolyn Denton visited Brevard in 1999, it was love at first sight. Within 24 hours they bought a home and began their retirement move from Columbus, Mississippi. “When we first moved here, people said everyone you’ve ever known will come visit you in the mountains,” says Mrs. Denton. It’s a good thing they like company!
Brevard is a congenial small town with many big-town amenities in a beautiful location. Not only are there cultural opportunities and events through Brevard College and the Paul Porter Center for the Performing Arts, but Transylvania County has over 250 waterfalls and is the home of some of the top trout streams in the United States, as well as Pisgah National Forest with its many miles of biking or hiking trails.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is very near with its magnificent twists, turns and overlooks. And, there are many more attractions to please all ages. Stables and equestrian centers are plentiful here. Pisgah Forest Riding Stables offers one-hour, two-hour and three-hour rides. You’ll need to decide what kind of trail suits your wandering eye.
Transylvania County is also a very caring community, according to resident Morris Denton, who has been a part of Focus 20/20 (a strategic plan for the community), United Way and other groups that are working with everything from economic development to environmental issues that affect the area. Mr. Denton says, “There are many groups who try very hard to provide to the folks here those things that make a quality community.”
The Dentons also have discovered the continuing education courses at the local Blue Ridge Community College. They have taken courses in everything from learning to handle a canoe to clogging. The area is home to many local artisans who work in all forms of media from clay to weaving.
From their window, the Dentons have a view of Mt. Pisgah and Shining Rock and, as Carolyn Denton says, “Every morning I wake up and say how lucky I am to live here.”
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