St. Philip's Episcopal Church is located in Western North Carolina, 30 miles from Asheville, North Carolina, and 50 miles from Greenville, South Carolina. Our mountainous region is often referred to as "the land of waterfalls." Pisgah National Forest covers over thirty-three percent of Transylvania County, providing many miles of scenic hiking trails, camping sites, trout fishing in the sparkling mountain streams and breathtaking views.

Brevard has a population approaching six thousand and is the county seat of Transylvania County with nearly twenty-six thousand people. An early-recognized resource of this area was the cool summers. Outsiders began coming here for summer in the 1840s. A small town like few others, Brevard boasted several quality hotels at the turn of the last century. A railroad reached the higher elevations around Lake Toxaway with its grand hotel and scenic attractions. With the coming of the automobile after World War I, visitors continued to discover Transylvania County in large numbers, sometimes to stay or return as residents. Through all this, Brevard remained basically a rural town whose residents kept faith with their mountain values.

The Transylvania County School System is among the top 25 percent of school systems in the state according to statistical information published in Report Card, The State of School Systems in North Carolina. The county has two high schools, two middle schools (junior high), and four elementary schools. Bus service is available to all students.

Brevard College is a fully accredited, church related, four-year music and Fine Arts College which provides a wide range of cultural enrichment programs for the community as well. Blue Ridge Community College's campuses in Hendersonville and Brevard offer affordable live-at-home educational opportunities.

 

The nationally acclaimed Brevard Music Center, a music camp for gifted students, draws around 75,000 music lovers each year for its summer concerts and musical productions.

More summer camps are located here than in any other county in the state, and Transylvania is one of the few counties in North Carolina with an award winning home owned newspaper. Several national publications have named Brevard as one of the best places in the nation to retire.

Brevard's Main Street retains the look and feel of main streets in small southern towns a generation ago. Shopping is fun, restaurants are busy, and parking is easy to find. The Transylvania County Arts Council is a highly visible booster of all the arts and "The Heart of Brevard," a downtown development endeavor, works hard to keep the entire downtown lively and viable.

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