Brevard Station Museum
112 South Main Street Stanley, NC 28164

Dear Friends of Brevard Station Museum,  March 30, 2022

We have exciting news! Brevard Station Museum has been awarded a $10,000 NC grant. Your Board of Directors voted to use these funds to upgrade the Museum by renovating the bathroom and the current rear storage room. The museum moved to its present location in the center block of historic downtown Stanley in 2004. This building is well over 70+ years old and is in dire need of renovation and upgrading. Therefore, the estimates for the work needed are more than our grant.

A generous anonymous benefactor has offered to match up to $5000.00 of your donation to the building project. If you donate $100, he will donate a second $100 in your name. Please consider donating as much as you can, all donations will be appreciated. We are a non-profit corporation, and all donations are tax-deductible.

As Stanley is growing and new businesses are opening, we are experiencing a renewal in the downtown area. We are already seeing more visitors on Saturdays and requests for tours and information. Last year wonderful events were held on Main Street: The “Concert’s on Main” Series (starts again May 21, 2022), Stanley Fest, Trick or Treat on Main, Christmas Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. We participated in all of them!

These renovations are vital to opening our doors to visitors. The bathroom needs a complete replacement. The renovation of the back storage room will include a large sink with countertop and the clean storage that we need to process and care for our large collection of artifacts. Every precious item displayed in our Museum was donated by the residents of Stanley to honor their ancestors and the history of our town.

We also want to serve the citizens of Stanley by providing space for class reunions, birthday parties, receptions and meetings. The Museum is planning a great schedule of speakers for the rest of this year. We need your support.

Thank you so much,

W. Barry Smith, President


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Grant information:

“Session Law 2021-180, Appropriation Act 2021 provides a nonrecurring special appropriation or legislatively directed grant to Brevard Station Museum through the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) in the amount of $10,000.”

  1. Scope of Work and description of the project covered by these funds:

Brevard Station Museum was founded in 1991 as a repository to house and display historical items donated by the citizens of Stanley and surrounding areas for the benefit of future generations. The Museum is a not-for-profit corporation. Any income generated by grants, memberships, gifts, memorials, donations, sales or admissions is used to continue the purpose and operations of the Museum. There is no paid staff, we operate with a dedicated group of volunteers. We display an extensive collection of local artifacts and maintain a large Research Center with unique genealogy materials, family albums, and local photographs. The Museum volunteers have published three books on the history of Stanley. We participate with the local schools on many projects, hold educational programs for the public, and host receptions and special events.

The museum moved to its present location in the center block of historic downtown Stanley in 2004. The building housing the museum is well over 70 years old and is in dire need of renovation and upgrading.

When the Covid-19 pandemic exploded 2 years ago, we were closed for months, and had no income but donations. We are planning a series of Speaker programs for 2022 and hope to begin a schedule of fundraising events. We are so thankful for this grant money to update the basic needs of the Museum.

Scope of Work

  1. Upgrading the antiquated restroom with a new toilet, sink and plumbing including labor expense.

  2. Creation of a small kitchenette area where light snacks can be prepared enabling the museum to sponsor special programs and events. This would include a sink, counter space, cabinets and labor expense.

  3. A resupply of souvenir items and the creation of a small gift shop within the museum where the items could be displayed and sold.

  4. Advertising and promotion of the museum, including print media, new and updated brochures, expanded activity on social media, and an updated and interactive website. It is hoped that more volunteers can be found so that the museum could be open 2 or more days per week.