The Gloucester Township covers approximately 57 square mile in northwest portion of Transylvania County. It is roughly triangular in shape with Hogback and Eastatoe townships to the south, Cathey’s Creek and Brevard townships to the east and Jackson and Haywood counties on the west.
The Blue Ridge Parkway runs inside the far northeastern edge of the township for about two-and-a half-miles. Highway 215 passes through Gloucester Township from Hwy 64 outside of Rosman to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
|Jesse McCall was one of Vanderbilt's foresters. The McCall family |
lived in one of the forest lodged located in the Gloucester township.
|A Gloucester Lumber crew constructing a railroad trestle |
in the Silversteen area.
The Silversteen community roughly includes the area around Silversteen, Macedonia and Kitchens Loop roads. By the 1840s enough families had settled in the area to establish the Macedonia Baptist Church. In the early-to-mid 1900s many local men worked in the logging industry to help support their families. Silversteen donated property to build a large, three-room school that served the community for over 30 years before consolidation. The school and community became known as Silversteen and the name remains today.
Gloucester Township was also the home of the Rosman Satellite Tracking and Data Acquisition Facility, locally known as the Tracking Station, from 1963-1995. Since 1999 it has been the Pisgah Astronomic Research Institute (PARI) offering hands-on educational and research opportunities for a broad cross-section of users in science, technology, engineering and math.
Gloucester is the third largest township in land area in Transylvania County but is the most sparsely populated. Much of the Gloucester Township is part of the Pisgah National Forest.
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 email@example.com or 828-884-1820.