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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Hendersonville NC, pen and ink drawing by Lee James Pantas

The Cedars, Hendersonville NC, pen & ink drawing by Lee James Pantas   Historic Henderson County Courthouse, pen & ink drawing by Lee James Pantas   Hendersonville Depot. Hendersonville NC
Prints of Hendersonville -available online thru Cherry Orchard Studio


    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.

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   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.

Wild & Furry Animals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, by Lee James Pantas

   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.
    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 Hendersonville NCwhich 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 today.
   The county was named for Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court Judge Leonard Henderson and has fiveincorporated 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
Facebook: Hendersonville

Henderson County: County Offices,1 Historic Courthouse Square, Suite 2, Hendersonville NC 28792; 828-697-4809
City Hall: 145 5th Avenue East, Hendersonville NC 28792; 828-697-3000
Elevation & Population:
2,200 feet, 13,000+
Visitor/Welcome Center:
Hendersonville/ Flat Rock Visitors Information Center , 201 South Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792;  828-693-9708, 800-828-4244
City Chamber of Commerce:
Greater Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce: 204 Kanuga Street., Hendersonville NC 28792; 828-692-1413
Newspaper: Hendersonville Times-News 1717 Four Seasons Blvd, Hendersonville, NC 28792; 828-692-0505.
Movie Theatres: Epic Theaters of Hendersonville
High Schools:
     Hendersonville High School
, 311 Eighth Avenue West, Hendersonville NC 28791; 828-697-4802
     North Henderson High School
, 35 Fruitland Road, Hendersonville NC 28792; 828-697-4500
     West Henderson High School, 3600 Haywood Road, Hendersonville NC 28791; 828-891-6571
East Henderson High School, 150 Eagle Pride Drive, East Flat Rock NC 28726; 828-697-4768
Colleges and Universities:
     Blue Ridge Community College
, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock NC 28731; 828-694-1700
     Wingate University (Hendersonville Campus)
, 220 Fifth Avenue East, Hendersonville NC 28792;
     Park Ridge Hospital
, 100 Hospital Drive, Hendersonville NC 28792; 828-684-8501
     Pardee Hospital, 800 North Justice Street, Hendersonville NC 28791; 866-790-9355
Festivals:  North Carolina Apple Festival, Green River "Discovery Day",
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