In 2007, work on a hiking trail revealed traces of earlier residents within the current Connestee Falls community. The discovery prompted Comer to research who these residents had been and to learn more about their lives.
|Carson Creek School, 1907|
The initial home site uncovered turned out to be the remains of a cabin belonging to Thomas M. Beasley. A collapsed stone chimney, a couple of logs that had likely been support beams, foundation posts and hundreds of nails helped determine the location and size of the cabin.
Beginning in the early 1800s, the Beasley family lived in the East Fork area on and off, with occasional moves to Pickens County, SC. Alston Beasley, father of Thomas, was a partner in a silver mine located near the present day Blue Ridge Parkway in Transylvania County beginning in 1834. At his death the property went to Thomas and was eventually sold in two parts in 1912 and 1915.
|Batson family at their home in present day Connestee Falls.|
Back: Fred and Maggie Hogsed Batson, daughters Mayo and Corrine.
Front: Son, Milton; daughter, Bonnie; and son, Russell.
“Shadows of the Past” offers a picture of the Connestee and Carson Creek area from the late 1800s into the mid-1900s. It is available to be checked at the Transylvania County Library.
Photographs and information for this column are provided by the Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room, Transylvania County Library. Visit the NC Room during regular library hours (Monday-Friday) to learn more about our history and see additional photographs. For more information, comments, or suggestions contact Marcy at or 828-884-1820.