The first steam engine puffed up the Saluda Grade to the Hendersonville Depot in 1879. The steam engine needed a “help engine” attached to the rear of the train at Melrose for additional power to push the train up the Saluda Mountain Grade, the steepest main-line standard gauge railroad in the United States. The Carolina Special ran between Charleston, South Carolina and Cincinnati, Ohio from 1911 until 1968. The restored Depot houses a HO scale railroad layout that is highly detailed and is prototypical of Hendersonville, Saluda, Asheville, and Western North Carolina. The Deport features historical artifacts, a Southern Railway cabooser and a special children’s exhibit where they can operate a Thomas the Tank train in a scenic layout. See the 10ft x 80 ft Garden “G” scale layout.
Create the wedding of your dreams within the beauty of our outdoor Pavilion, which provides a rustic setting with a pond and waterfall, and gorgeous wooded surroundings. You have choices…as they provide the setting to help you create a beautiful and intimate day without the cost of a big wedding. Make your dream a reality…and say your vows within the beauty of Brookside Pavilion’s surroundings.
Ideal for marriage proposals, elopements, intimate weddings, or vow renewal ceremonies. The beautiful surroundings are also the perfect setting for your professional engagement or senior photo sessions.
Bullington Gardens is a 12-acre, nonprofit horticultural education center offering programs, activities and workshops.The gardens and grounds include a therapy garden, shade garden, butterfly garden, perennial borders, native woodland garden, pumpkin patch and herb garden. The grounds also include a half-mile nature trail through the wooded area of the gardens.
1930s venue located in the heart of Historic Downtown Hendersonville, across from the Historic Depot and walking distance to breweries, restaurants, food trucks and more. Facility rental includes seating – all tables and benches handmade from locally sourced materials.
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is where Carl Sandburg, American poet, historian, author, and lecturer spent the final 22 years of his long and productive life at his estate, Connemara. The home, originally built in 1838, displays the Sandburg’s furnishing as they lived at Connemara from 1945-1968, including Carl Sandburg’s collection of 12,000 books. Tour the home for a small fee, and learn about Sandburg’s life as a writer, journalist, folk singer, social activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and biographer. Visit the barn and descendants of Mrs. Sandburg’s champion dairy goat herd and hike over five miles of trails. Access to trails, grounds, barns and public areas is free.
Open year-round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park combines the best of the mountains with 75-mile panoramic views, unique biodiversity, six hiking trails ranging from kid-friendly to strenuous, and one of the tallest waterfalls on the East Coast.
A unique 26-story elevator inside the mountain is an easy way to access the observation deck.
The Park has been a filming location for many movies including “The Last of the Mohicans.”
DB Bar D Outfitters is dedicated to promoting, preserving, and protecting our natural resources so that future generations may continue to enjoy the outdoors. Whether it’s hunting large game, fishing the pristine waters of our area, or just a weekend campout with family and friends, DB bar D can guide you on a customized outdoor experience!
Guided and semi-guided hunting, fishing, and other outdoor experiences in Mills River, North Carolina, and the South Carolina low country
Half-day or full-day fly fishing trips on private waters; catch and release with single hook flies only – rainbow trout, brown trout, and brookies
Hunting opportunities include deer, bear, turkey, dove, and quail.
All equipment and licenses can be provided.
Friendly guides are available to assist with you learning or improving your skills.
Whether you are planning a grand opening, baby shower, bridal shower, wedding, or birthday party, let Eventful Arches decorate for your big celebration. Just show up and party, knowing that the decorating was done by professionals. Remain stress-free!
Wedding decorating includes but not limited to bridal and groom floral needs, reception hall decor, balloons and floral, ceremony decor, and more!
Bridal showers, baby showers, grand openings, birthday parties, and more!
Services Hendersonville, Asheville, Greenville, and surrounding areas
The Flat Rock Playhouse has presented hundreds of productions for over eighty years. The Playhouse offers quality entertainment rarely found so far from Broadway. The Vagabond Players perform a variety of hits each year from comedy, American classics, musicals, farces and whodunits. The Playhouse features professional actors from across the country in major productions such as Mamma Mia, West Side Story, South Pacific and more. The Playhouse is open mid-April through mid-October, plus a holiday production, presenting matinees and evening performances Wednesday through Sunday.
Harvey’s @ The Henderson offers a menu of gourmet small plate options, featured in Carolina Epicurean, prepared fresh daily by an award winning Executive Chef formerly of the Ritz Carlton, W Hotels and Director of Culinary for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Henderson County Heritage Museum is housed in the Historic Henderson County Courthouse on Main Street.
It offers public displays, artifacts, lectures, collections, archives, libraries, demonstrations, a replica of a turn of the century county store and other similar exhibitions relating to the history, culture, heritage of Henderson County.
The museum celebrates veterans of all wars, and has an Civil War Display.
Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm & Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00pm
The Hendersonville Community Theatre, Inc. is a non-profit, non-professional, volunteer based organization of theater-lovers, was formed in 1966. The theater was known as the Hendersonville Little Theatre for more than 50 years. The season runs from May through early-November and special events during the off-season. Tickets are available for a single show or season tickets.
Hendersonville Food Tour is a small group tour company focusing on hyper-local culinary experiences. Enjoy a variety of Hendersonville’s local restaurants, breweries and specialty shops on their one-of-a-kind walking tours along historic Main Street. In between food and drink tastings you will learn about Hendersonville’s rich history. All walking tours include a professional guide.
Current tours: Taste of Hendersonville Tour (Thursday – Saturday, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm)
Maximum 10 guests per tour. Two tour guides available.
Coming in August 2021: Hendersonville Beer & Bites Tour
Poised atop 26 scenic acres, that includes a 40-acre private lake that offers kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats. The property’s activities include tennis courts, bicycles, volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, corn hole, and walking trails. The game room is equipped with billiards, ping-pong, and foosball tables.
Historic Henderson County Courthouse (1905) was designed by Richard Sharp Smith, the “resident architect” of Biltmore House. The focal point of the Courthouse is atop of the copper dome, a 6-foot statue of “Lady Justice.” The statue is the Greek goddess Themis (“The Greek Goddess of Divine Justice and Law”) who is without a blindfold, holding a sword in her right hand and scales in her left. It is believed to be only one of only three in the United States without a blindfold, statues of Themis/Justice are blindfolded to typify that Justice should be impartial. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Historic Johnson Farm is a fine example of a late 19th and early 20th-century farm & tourist retreat. The entire structure was handmade from bricks that were fired on-site from French Broad River mud. Over the years many outbuildings were constructed, including a tool shed/blacksmith shop, barn, boarding house, and a cottage. The property offers historic home tours, nature trails, picnic tables, animals, and 10 historic structures on 15 acres filled with trees in a natural setting. Guided tours of the historic house are available Monday-Friday, call for times.
The Heritage Weavers and Fiber Artists have transformed the boarding house into a fiber arts center, which includes weaving, rug hooking, bobbin lace, spinning, or knitting.
Holmes Educational State Forest offers a series of well-marked trails, firefighting equipment, accented by exhibits and displays depicting the ecology of a managed forest. Picnic sites with tables and a spacious picnic shelter (with grills) are also available. Located about 8 1/2 miles from downtown Hendersonville.
HVL Pedal & Brews is a 14-person pedal powered (electric motor assisted) vehicle that accommodates 10 Peddlers and 4 Non-Peddlers, as well as your conductor, who navigates downtown Hendersonville with a healthy dose of humor, style and entertainment.
Tour options include tours between the downtown breweries, non-alcoholic history tours, and private bookings.
Mille Fleur offers one of a kind forever flowers of exceptional quality for brides and can incorporate special items or family heirlooms into the bouquets. They also offer huge savings over fresh flowers with silk flower rentals for any occasion that are so realistic we even fool the bees! Why buy what’s going to die?
Custom creations include silk bridal bouquets, bridal party flowers, flower girl baskets, and hair accessories.
Rental silk flowers and arrangements for weddings and special events are available.
The Mineral & Lapidary Museum features the natural beauty of minerals, gems, fossils and artifacts found in North Carolina, in the United States and around the world. Displays include North Carolina minerals, dinosaur egg cluster, English minerals, fluorescent minerals, geodes, petrified wood & large logs, coral, artfully crafted jewelry, gem stones, Cullinan Diamond replicas and a Henderson County Meteorite, on loan from the Smithsonian, are featured displays. Gift shop is open daily. Geode cracking. Free admission!
Open Monday-Friday 1pm-5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm (Winter Hours: open Wednesday – Saturday).
Admission is free.
Located on the lower level of the Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society building.
Sideways Brewery offers an ever-changing menu of small-batch artisan ales using seasonal specialty ingredients that are grown on the farm. The tasting room offers no taps, instead of pouring directly from our bottles for guided tastings and real ale by the glass or purchase bottles to be enjoyed on the property or taken home. They also handcraft hard jun kombucha and serve locally made soda and wines. Guests may walk the farm to see beer ingredients growing, view farm animals grazing, or pick their own flowers.
Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Check web site for hours.
A beautiful setting for marriage proposals, elopements, intimate weddings, or private farm-to-table dinners and events.
Food trucks on-site Friday-Sunday – check the website or social media for details.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for a wide variety of beers and ales, including the legendary Pale Ale. Sierra Nevada’s east coast brewing, bottling and distribution operation in Mills River is located 10 miles from downtown Hendersonville, south of Asheville. The Taproom offers 20 beers on tap. The restaurant serves farm-to-table dishes that are mainly supplied locally. Located in Henderson County on approximately 90 acres along the French Broad River.
Free, guided tours of the brewery are offered 7days a week, reservations must be booked online (tours fill up quickly)
Self-guided tours are also available (no reservations required)
Taproom and Restaurant
Regularly has live music
Check web site for hours.
Sierra Nevada is temporarily closed to the public, due to Covid-19. Curb-side to-go orders are available.
Souther Williams Vineyard & Event Center is a stunning modern post-and-beam open-sided pavilion that overlooks eight acres of beautifully manicured vineyards with a nearby pond, rustic barn, and a mountain backdrop. The pavilion can be used for a number of different types of events: weddings, corporate events, reunions, birthday parties, wine tastings, dinners and more.
3 air-conditioned bathrooms
State of the art sound system & wireless microphone
6-seater railroad tram shuttle
Ample parking w/ 2 handicap parking spaces near the event center
St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. St. John in the Wilderness was built as a private chapel in 1833, on the grounds of Charles and Susan Barings’ home, Mountain Lodge. The church was deeded to the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina in 1936. Many well-known members of southern aristocracy have family plots in the churchyard; those names include: Christopher Memminger, first secretary of the Confederate treasury; Rev. John Drayton, developer of the world-famous Magnolia Gardens of Charleston; members of the families of three signers of the Declaration of Independence; Major General Edward P. King, Jr., of the United States Army who led the defense of the Bataan Peninsula in the Battle of Bataan against the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in World War II.
The Center for Art & Entertainment offers interactive dinner murder mysteries, touring shows, repertory theatre, tribute music series, storytelling events, classes, and more. Wine, beer, soft drinks, water and light snacks available for purchase at the bar. Check the website for hours, performances, showtimes, classes, art exhibits and more.
Online Ticket Sales
Venue space available for performances, meetings, weddings and other events
Axe throwing is similar to a combination of darts and bowling. It is an indoor recreational range set up like a bowling alley with a bullseye target at the end of the lane. The lanes are divided by steel fencing with rubberized floors. Great fun for groups.
Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are suggested and maybe made online
For ages 13+, but anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian
WNC Florist & Event Specialists create one of a kind floral designs for all of your event needs. Whether you are planning a lavish wedding, a small elopement, a baby shower or any other special occasion they have a team of creative, dedicated designers ready to assist.
Floral designers specializing in creating unique arrangements for all of your special events
Premade and custom wedding packages to fit every wedding need.