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Hendersonville has a
large number of religious institutions with the Baptist
Church being the largest denomination. The Hendersonville phone
book yellow pages are your best and most complete resource but there are also
online directories as well. Here are some fairly comprehensive, but by all means
not complete, online church directories.
Hendersonville's Historic Churches
Of special interest to
visitors and residents alike are the beautiful historic churches in
the Hendersonville area.
First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church was founded on October 8, 1844,
by fourteen charter members when Hendersonville was a small village
of fewer than 500 people. The original house of worship was erected
about 1850 at Caswell and Main Streets. In 1889, a new structure at
Fourth Avenue West and Washington Street was occupied. This building
was rebuilt in 1911 and again in 1932, and was used until 1954. By
1914, church membership was 608. The Education Building was
completed in 1950. The present Sanctuary was completed in 1958.
Address: 312 Fifth Avenue West, Hendersonville NC 28739
Directions: From Main Street, take 5th Avenue west.
Established in 1852, the First Presbyterian Church has seen a number
of structure changes, 1852, 1905 and the current building which was
erected in 1968.
Address: 699 North Grove Street, Hendersonville NC 28792
Directions: From Main Street downtown, take Sixth
Avenue east and turn left onto North Grove Street.
United Methodist Church
The first building of the First United Methodist Church was erected
circa 1852, on one of the highest hills in town. An imposing
structure was built with a steeple holding a mellow-toned bell that
could be heard for miles calling worshippers to church. The same
bell that summoned worshippers so long ago stands outside the
sanctuary today as a symbol of the church’s enduring ministry. Plans
were made for our present sanctuary in 1921. Ground was broken in
1924 and the graveyard on the lower side had to be moved. Some
graves were not moved and are still located beneath the church. The
Sanctuary Building was completed in 1925 at a cost of $142,000,
including all furnishing and equipment.
Address: 204 Sixth Avenue West, Hendersonville NC 28739
Directions: From Main Street, take Sixth Avenue west.
James Episcopal Church 766 North Main St.
St. James Episcopal Church, located on Main Street in downtown Hendersonville,
is one of the area’s most picturesque churches. Consecrated in 1861, the first
rector was Rev. N. Collin Hughes. From 1970 to 1980, Henderson County
experienced an unprecedented population growth. New economic developments,
discovery of Hendersonville as an outstanding retirement area, and growth in
tourism marked this period. Consequently, St. James Church flourished and became
the largest parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina during
Address: 766 North Main Street, Hendersonville NC 28792
Directions: North side of downtown on Main Street.
St. John in the Wilderness Church (NRHP)
A unique spot of southern history in a setting of idyllic beauty, St. John in
the Wilderness Episcopal Church in Flat Rock is a gable roof brick church that
has at its southeast corner a three-story square tower with pyramidal roof.
In 1833, Charles and Susan Baring built the church as a private chapel, and at
the formation of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina in 1836, the
Baring family gave up their rights to the church as a private chapel, turning
the deed to the bishop of the newly-formed diocese.
Among the family plots in the graveyard are the graves of Christopher Memminger,
first secretary of the Confederate treasury; Rev. John Grimke Drayton, developer
of the world famous Magnolia Gardens; members of families of three signers of
the Declaration of Independence; and Edward P. King, the World War II general
who led the infamous Bataan death march.
Address: 1905 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock NC
Hours: The church and graveyard are open daily 9
a.m.-4 p.m. for visitation.
Directions: From downtown Hendersonville take Highway
25 south towards Flat Rock. St. John in the Wilderness
Church will be on your right.