Hendersonville, NC: Well-Known and Well Loved by Residents
Breathe in the crisp mountain air and take in the appeal of Hendersonville's old-fashioned downtown, winding streets, and friendly folks. Nestled in the mountains of North Carolina, Hendersonville boasts both small-town charm and city conveniences, offering a variety of community events and unique local history. Read on to learn about Hendersonville.
Lovely Hendersonville lies just west of the Eastern Continental Divide and its tall stately range of mountains, including Little Pisgah (4412 ft.), Bearwallow (4232 ft.), and Little Bearwallow (3980 ft.).
Just outside of Hendersonville are two protected woodlands, Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest, with exquisite mountain views, waterfalls and miles of hiking and biking trails. At 2152 feet above sea level, Hendersonville’s climate is perfect for apple growing and, as such, Henderson County is the seventh largest apple producer in the country.
Henderson County and Hendersonville, which received its official town charter in 1847, were both named after the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court, Judge Leonard Henderson, who served on the bench from 1829-1833. As is true of other towns in this rich, verdant area, Hendersonville was a relatively small town until 1879, when the Southern Railway finished laying tracks through the hills.
Once the area became easily accessible, wealthy residents moved up from the South Carolina lowlands to escape the summer heat, humidity and insects. The town’s charm and beauty have continued to attract tourists from all over the country and the world, which has helped foster a strong local economy.
Part of Henderson County’s visual appeal is owed to its hillsides full of apple orchards. The local topography got its start with a man named William Mills, who back in the 1790s planted hundreds of apple trees in an section now known as Fruitland, inspiring neighbors to do so as well. Mills changed the area forever, making it one of the most beautiful and bountiful in North Carolina.
Hendersonville’s quiet beauty has attracted an esteemed list of residents over the years, including the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning writer, editor, poet and Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg, who in 1945 moved with his family to a 30-acre farm that remained his home for his remaining 22 years. The Sandburg family farm is now a national historic site visited by more than 26,000 spectators a year.
Other famous residents include the host of TV’s Howdy Doody, Buffalo Bob Smith, sportscaster and news anchor, Jim Lampley, star of Top Gun and Witness, actress Kelly McGillis, football player Mickey Marvin, whose Raiders won Super Bowls XV and XVIII, and football player Sam Gash, whose Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV.
To this day, Hendersonville remains a destination point for people from all over looking for a tranquil, peaceful and beautiful place to live or visit.
Things to Do in Hendersonville
Looking for something to do in Hendersonville? You don’t have to look far! Take to the streets of Downtown Hendersonville to explore a wealth of shops, galleries, antique stores, museums, restaurants, and even an aquarium, or to enjoy fun community events like parades, antique shows, and car shows. Step back through time at one of Hendersonville’s many Museums, such as the Henderson County Heritage Museum, the Historic Henderson County Couthouse, or the Western NC Air Museum. And be sure not to miss the Henderson Country Club Market and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company!
Hendersonville—and all of Western North Carolina—is famed for its utterly astounding outdoor recreation. Thousands of acres of pristine mountain and forested wilderness await, chock-full of exploration and discovery stunning waterfalls, breathtaking overlooks, unbeatable fishing, relaxing swimming and tubing, secluded camping, and scenic equestrian rides. The DuPont State Recreational Forest, Pisgah National Forest, and North Mills River Recreation Area are three top outdoor destinations, but they’re far from Hendersonville’s only escapes.
Don’t forget about year-round events that offer enjoyment for all ages and interests. Music on Main, Monday Night Live, Street Dances, the NC Apple Festival, the North Carolina Mountain State Fair, Farm City Day, Home for the Holiday, the Summer Music Series… there’s always something fun, exciting, relaxing, or entertaining happening in Hendersonville.
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