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Hendersonville Depot, pen and ink drawing by Lee James Pantas
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7th Avenue Depot Historic District
    This district is located two blocks northeast of Main Street and separated from Main Street by new commercial development. The district still shows a cohesive grouping of commercial, residential and transportation-related structures typical of the early development of Hendersonville, especially the period after the arrival of the railroad.
    Seventh Avenue East developed as a commercial district during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was centered around the first depot built in 1879. The majority of buildings are one and two story brick commercial and warehouse structures located along 7th Avenue. Only minor alterations to the commercial buildings have occurred and these are mainly at the storefront level. Very little construction took place after the Great Depression. This district, with its frame depot, approximately 28 brick commercial buildings and the Station Hotel is one of the best surviving examples of a railroad district in western North Carolina. The buildings in the district are primarily commercial in function and provided services that were associated with a shipping point for locally grown cash crops.

Directions: Take North Main Street north to 6th Avenue. Turn right and go 2 blocks. Turn left onto North Grove Street. Proceed on North Grove across Four Seasons Boulevard. Take a right onto East 7th Avenue. The Depot is just ahead on your right.

Hendersonville Depot, pen & ink drawingHendersonville Depot (NRHP) SE Corner of 7th Avenue and Maple St.
    This depot was the second station to be built by Southern Railway in the city and was built between 1902 and 1904. A frame structure with characteristics of the Craftsman style of architecture, it originally was 87 feet long and consisted of two waiting rooms, an agentís office and had indoor plumbing. In 1906, 15 more feet were added to each end of the station to provide a ladies waiting room and more baggage space. A few years later, an open pavilion area was added to the north end, and in 1916 another 50 feet were added to the roofed over, open pavilion area.
   The railroad line was opened from Spartanburg, S.C. to Hendersonville in 1879, a year before Asheville was to receive a line from the east. The railroad brought large numbers of visitors to Hendersonville and allowed the countyís produce to reach a wider market in other cities. The last passenger service ended in 1968. Since then the depot has been restored to its original color, and a Southern Railway caboose located at the south end. Restoration is ongoing, and the depot currently houses an operating model railroad in the baggage room. Visitors are invited to visit this historic station. The Depot is open for visitors year-round, Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Call 828-890-0436 for more information. Just north of the Depot, on the same side of the railroad tracks is the Station Hotel Building.
Station Hotel, Hendersonville NCStation Hotel (NRHP) 729 Maple St.
Built between 1912-1922, the Station Hotel is a two story brick building that features a low tripped roof and a two tiered, full facade frame porch. This relatively plain hotel was built near the tracks to serve the visitors who came to Hendersonville by the railroad. The building is still operated today as a hotel, although without its former polish and poise.



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