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Located amidst the majestic
mountains of the Southern Appalachians, Hendersonville has come to
be known as the “City of Four Seasons” and as an ideal retirement
community. Since the early 1900's, Hendersonville has attracted
visitors and families seeking a gentle climate, lovely mountain
scenery, and great recreational resources. It is located in
Henderson County, which has a population of over 104,000, and is by
far the largest city in the county. The other two primary
communities in Henderson County are the incorporated villages of
Flat Rock and Fletcher, both of which are covered in Section Five,
Chapter Four of this book (Western North Carolina Cities and Towns.
Situated 2,200 feet above sea level, on a mountain plateau between
the Blue Ridge and the Great Smoky Mountains, Hendersonville is
blessed with a moderate and mild climate, yet the area still
experiences the four seasons. With a mean summer temperature of
around 70 degrees and 40 degrees in the winter, the climate is
conducive to year-round outdoor recreation.
Tourism is a major industry in Hendersonville, with agriculture
and industry also strong economic forces. Noted for its scenic
beauty and tranquility, Hendersonville has industrial development
restrictions that encourage small industries that will not disturb
the peaceful quality of Henderson County life. Retirement
development is also a major economic force in Hendersonville as
retirees continue to flock to the area. Hendersonville also has a
vibrant and modern visitor center located at 201 South Main Street
downtown, and should be your first stop before exploring the area.
Two popular downtown events in the summer are Music on Main Street
on Friday evenings (during June and August) and Dancing in the
Street on Monday nights (July through August). Both events usually
last from 7 to 9 in the evenings, with parking lot seating beginning
at 5:30 p.m. It is recommended to bring a chair, and also note that
both alcohol and pets are prohibited.
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Blessed with an abundance of cultural opportunities,
Hendersonville offers something for all ages. Symphony orchestra, theatres, libraries,
and festivals throughout
the year enrich the life of Hendersonville residents. Henderson
County is also rich in parks,
picnic areas, hiking trails and other outdoor attractions.
Over the years, Hendersonville has preserved its traditional
downtown Main Street area from the decline which
has happened in so many other cities. And Main Street has been
transformed into a beautiful tree-lined avenue complete with
flower-filled brick planters. A stroll down Main Street will
surround you with sounds of classical music, sights of exquisite
seasonal plantings in a hometown setting of boutiques, numerous
antique and clothing shops and an old fashioned pharmacy, plus
benches on which to sit and people-watch. Few hometowns have
remained as beautiful, vital, and alive as historic downtown
Hendersonville. The streets bring history to life and bring the best
of yesteryear into the excitement of today.
Hendersonville was a largely uninhabited Cherokee hunting ground
before Revolutionary War soldier William Mills moved to the area in
the late 1780s. He received one of the first land grants west of the
Blue Ridge and established the first community. By right of
discovery, Mills christened some of Henderson County’s picturesque
regions: Mills River and Mills Gap are names that are still in use
The county was named for Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court
Judge Leonard Henderson and has five incorporated areas: the city of
Hendersonville, the village of Flat
Rock, the town of Fletcher, Mills River, and the town of Laurel
Park. Agriculture was the sole industry for early Hendersonville
citizens. Tourism came later as visitors from the lowlands in South
Carolina and Georgia discovered the scenic beauty and cooler
climate. Industrial development became important after World War II,
with the founding of the Chamber
of Commerce program.
Henderson County has long been known for its superior apples, and
apple production still continues to be a major industry.
Hendersonville celebrates this fact every summer with its famous North
Carolina Apple Festival.
City Website: City
of Hendersonville: Town Hall, 145 5th Avenue East,
Hendersonville NC 28792; 828-697-3000
Location: 15 miles south of Asheville
Accommodations, Restaurants & Attractions:
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County: County Offices,1 Historic Courthouse Square,
Suite 2, Hendersonville NC 28792; 828-697-4809
Elevation & Population: 2,200 feet, 14,100+
Visitor/Welcome Center: Hendersonville/
Flat Rock Visitors Information Center ,
201 South Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792; 828-693-9708,
City Chamber of Commerce: Greater
Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce: 204 Kanuga Street.,
Hendersonville NC 28792; 828-692-1413