The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains  

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

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Historic Henderson County Courthouse, pen and ink drawing by Lee James Pantas
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     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.
    During the early years of development, two individuals, W.F. Edwards and Erle G. Stilwell had major influence on the shape and character of Hendersonville. Edwards was a builder, and was responsible for the construction of many important commercial and residential buildings, including the early Town Hall and Opera House which stood on Main from 1893 to the 1920s, the Neo-¬Classical People’s Bank at 225-231 North Main Street and the historic Henderson County Courthouse. Stilwell was an architect who had considerable influence on the shape of municipal, religious and commercial architecture in Hendersonville by bringing a new level of sophistication and competence to the local architecture. Among his important works were the Hendersonville High School, City Hall and the Citizens National Bank.

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    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 presence.
     In this chapter, a selection of important historic buildings and structures will be presented, both as part of the two major downtown historic districts; Main Street and the 7th Avenue Depot area, and as separate structures not part of any designated historic district.
    As in the chapter on Historic Asheville, certain abbreviations will be used to signify buildings of historical importance. NRHP indicates the structure is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, NHL indicates a National Historic Landmark property and LHL means the building is a Local Historic Landmark. Discussion of these designations is given in depth in the Historic Asheville chapter.

    The Hendersonville 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.

                              Historic Districts of Hendersonville
                  Main Street     7th Avenue     Other Historic Sites

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