The Ultimate Guide To Asheville
and the Western North Carolina Mountains
Western North Carolina
Mountain Cities & Towns
Real Estate & Relocation
Hendersonville, while in existence as early as 1841, did not reach its peak of
development until the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The boom started in
1879 when the railroad arrived and commercial development expanded greatly, both
in the downtown Main Street area and in the district around the railroad depot.
The influx of tourists at that time greatly increased and this in turn spurred
the building of resort hotels and boarding houses, as well as fine residential
homes for those tourists who decided to stay in Hendersonville. This building
and development continued into the early 20th century but stopped abruptly in
1929 with the advent of the Great Depression.
The face of domestic architecture was changed significantly
with the arrival of the railroad. The industrial growth that the railroads
brought also resulted in fine homes being built in the Queen Anne, Eastlake,
Colonial Revival and Neo-Classical styles to house the wealthy industrialists.
Today, in modern Hendersonville, many of these remaining significant residential
properties in downtown have survived and continue to grace the city with their
Historic Preservation Society is instrumental in the preservation and
restoration of historic properties. They are a valuable resource for anyone
interested in historic Hendersonville. The Preservation Society may be reached
by calling the Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society offices at
828-693-1531, also an excellent historical resource. They are located at 400 North
Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792.