Hendersonville

“Look Homeward, Angel” Statue

Highway 64 West
Hendersonville, NC
 
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Author Thomas Wolfe’s first novel was Look Homeward, Angel. In the book there are constant references to an angel statue carved from Italian marble. This is the angel Wolfe placed in American literature. Thomas Wolfe’s father, W.O. Wolfe, sold the statue to the Johnson family to mark the family plot in Oakdale Cemetery. Oakdale Cemetery is located on Hwy. 64 W., just a short distance from downtown. A wrought iron fence protects the statue, and there is a historical marker located on Highway 64 West.

Apple Valley Model Railroad Museum
Historic Depot

650 Maple Ave
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-890-8246
 
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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.

 

  • Open Wednesdays & Saturdays
  • Admission is free.
  • Donations appreciated
  • Check web site for hours

Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO

511 N. Main St.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-692 8386
 
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The Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO is the only public aquarium in Western North Carolina, The Aquarium houses 20+ displays showcasing dozens of tropical fish, eels, sting rays, sea horses, turtles and fish, a touch tank, a 2,000-gallon shark study tank with bamboo sharks, and much more! It is recognized as the first inland aquarium in North Carolina.

  • Check web site for hours
  • Admission charged
  • Offers educational opportunities for schools.

Bullington Gardens

95 Upper Red Oak Trail
Hendersonville, NC 28792
(828) 698-6104
 
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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.

  • Check web site for hours
  • No admission charged
  • Donations appreciated

DuPont State Recreational Forest

High Falls parking lot, 1300 Staton Rd,
Cedar Mountain, NC
(828) 877-6527
 
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DuPont State Recreational Forest encompasses 10,268 acres in Henderson and Transylvania counties that include waterfalls and 80 miles of roads and trails wandering through mountainous terrain. Open to the public for hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and horseback riding. Fishing is allowed with a valid NC fishing license. Hunting is by special permit only. Many scenes from the 2012 hit movie, The Hunger Games and the 1992 film, The Last of the Mohicans were shot in DuPont State Recreational Forest. The Hunger Games were filmed entirely in North Carolina. Download the Hunger Games film locations. dupont-hunger-games-shots.pdf

  • Bicycle Trails
  • Nature Trails
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area

Open Year Round

Hands On! Children’s Museum

318 N. Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-697-8333
 
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Hands On! Children’s Museum is a children’s museum located on Main Street in Hendersonville – it’s the place where LEARNING comes into PLAY.  Hands On! provides educational exhibits that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning. It is an affordable, educational and fun way to spend the day with your children, grandchildren, and students ages 1 – 10. Hands On! is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Admission charged.

 

Henderson County Curb Market

221 N. Church St
Hendersonville, NC
828-692-8012
 
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Henderson County Curb Market is a unique farmers market requiring sellers to be residents of Henderson County. All items sold at the market must be either hand-made or locally grown. The vendors offer a variety of goods such as: crafts, baked goods, jellies, plants, flowers, toys, and produce. The market has been in continuous operation since 1924. The Curb Market is located on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Church Street.

Open:  Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 8am-2pm from April-December  /  Tuesday & Saturday 8am-2pm from January – March

Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society

 
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Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society has an extensive library on history and genealogy of North and South Carolina and surrounding states. Holdings include Henderson County deeds, estate records, early newspapers, early court minutes, maps, church and school histories, photographs, Bible records and family histories. Volunteers are available to assist researchers.

Henderson County Heritage Museum

1 Historic Courthouse Square #4
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-694-1619
 
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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
  • Admission is Free

Hendersonville City Hall

145 5th Avenue East.
Hendersonville, NC
(828) 697-3000
 
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Hendersonville City Hall was built in 1928, and contains many artifacts and historic items, including large statues of of the three Presidents from North Carolina, General Andrew Jackson, James Knox Polk and Andrew Johnson. The statue is actually the ceramic model used for making the molds to cast the bronze statue on display at Capital Square in Raleigh, NC. City Hall was designed by well-known North Carolina architect Erle G. Stilwell.

Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission

100 N. King Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-697-3010
 
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The Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission serves the public both as a steward for historic properties and as a facilitator to people fortunate enough to own such properties. It provides assistance to owners and tenants, helps them plan the alterations that they are considering for their properties, and guides owners through the application process necessary to implement those changes, but also benefits tourists because aids in the designation of historic landmarks and districts, and conducts educational programs with respect to historic properties.

Learn about the historic Main Street Hendersonville here, and take yourself on a self-guided walking tour of the historic buildings here!

Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Main Street
Hendersonville, NC
(828) 233-3216
 
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Historic Downtown Hendersonville was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in March of 1988. The serpentine street features planter boxes brimming with, benches, seasonal flowers and trees. Downtown boasts a wide array of shopping, antique stores, galleries, museums, an aquarium and a variety of restaurants. Downtown offers free Wi-Fi for everyone to enjoy. Downtown hosts many activities including the NC Apple Festival held during Labor Day weekend, as well as, art shows, an antique show, car shows, and parades throughout the year. For additional information call the Main Street Program.

Historic Henderson County Courthouse

1 Historic Courthouse Square
Hendersonville, NC 28792
 
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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

3346 Haywood Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28791
828-891-6585
 
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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.

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

1299 Crab Creek Road
Hendersonville, NC
(828) 692-0100
 
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Holmes Educational State Forest offers a series of well-marked trails, firefighting equipment, accented by exhibits and displays depicting 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.

  • Nature Trails
  • Playground
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area

Open March – November

Jump Off Rock

4433 Laurel Park Highway
Laurel Park, NC 28739
828-693-4840
 
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Jump Off Rock is a scenic overlook, which provides a panoramic view of rolling pastures, the Blue Ridge and Pisgah mountain ranges.  Jump Off Rock also holds an Indian legend that has been passed down for many, many years. Over 300 years ago a young Cherokee Indian maiden received word that her young Indian Chief had been killed in battle, so she climbed to the edge of the rock and jumped off.  Indian legend has it that on moonlit nights you can see the ghost of the maiden on Jump Off Rock. Jump Off is located about 5 miles from downtown at the end of Laurel Park Hwy.  The park is open daily, sunrise to sunset. No admission charge.

There are three hiking trials at Jump Off Rock, varying in length and difficulty. Blue Trail – easy trail, takes about 8 minutes, Yellow Trail – moderate trail, takes around 15 minutes & Red Trail – is the most difficult and the longest. See the sign at the entrance to the walkway leading to Jump Off Rock.

  • Nature Trails
  • Hiking
  • Scenic Overlook
  • Open Year Round

McClintock Chime Clock

located on the corner of 4th and Main Street
Hendersonville, NC
 
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is attached to the Old State Trust Co. building, now the Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society, this unique clock dates back to 1927.

Mineral & Lapidary Museum
of Henderson County

400 North Main St
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-698-1977
 
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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.

Western North Carolina Air Museum

1340 East Gilbert Street
Hendersonville, NC 28793
828-698-2482
 
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North Carolina’s first air museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the flying heritage of the Western North Carolina. It features an impressive collection of restored, replica and vintage airplanes, models, engines, and flying memorabilia. The museum is housed in two large hangers, where you will find passionate volunteer pilots that are eager to show you around.  The museum is located adjacent to the Hendersonville Airport . No admission charge. Advance reservations for groups requested.