Historic Hendersonville is ideally located for exploring town and country with varied attractions, festivals, cultural and recreational activities, historical sites, golf courses, family activities, a historic downtown with unique shops, excellent restaurants, and quality antique stores. Henderson County offers many diverse attractions, all located within a few blocks, to a few miles of downtown: these include:
- The Henderson County Farmers Curb Market
- Jump Off Rock scenic overlook
- Historic Johnson Farm
- The labyrinth in Holmes Educational State Forest
- The waterfalls in Dupont State Recreational Forest
- The Western North Carolina Air Museum
- Historic Hendersonville Depot
Waterfalls in Dupont State Recreational Forest.
Photo courtesy of Henderson County Tourism Development Authority
Historic downtown features interesting architecture, delightful shops, museums, and locally owned restaurants. The serpentine street features planter boxes brimming with seasonal flowers and trees. Downtown hosts many activities, as well as, art shows, an antique show, car shows, and parades throughout the year.
The Historic Village of Flat Rock began when families from South Carolina’s Low Country came to Flat Rock to escape the sweltering heat and the epidemic of yellow fever and malaria. South Carolina’s Low Country gentry affectionately called Flat Rock, The Little Charleston of the Mountains. The entire district of Flat Rock is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Historic Flat Rock is home to several attractions such as:
- The Flat Rock Playhouse
- State Theatre of North Carolina
- The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
- St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church
- Many unique specialty shops.
The Garden Jubilee Festival is a two-day festival held on Saturday and Sunday during Memorial Day weekend in Downtown Hendersonville. This is a great opportunity for gardeners to speak with experts at the garden clinics and gather tips and advice. Garden Jubilee stretches eight blocks of Main Street with over 250 vendors selling handmade arts and crafts, plants and items to enhance your outdoor living area. Local and regional nurseries will be selling thousands of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and hard to find plants on every block of the festival.
Summer evening concerts showcase traditional mountain music, square dancing, folk, blues and country Monday nights and oldies rock and dancing Friday nights. The three concerts are held under the stars at the Visitor Center, located on Main Street in downtown. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from rock and roll to beach music. Monday Night Live features a diverse line-up of folk, country and blues. The sounds of fiddles and banjos playing at the Street Dance have been a part of Henderson County’s heritage for 95 years. The concerts are held early-June through mid-August.
Henderson County wineries and breweries provide tours and tasting rooms, to sample mountain grown selections. Henderson County is home to Burntshirt Vineyards, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard, Falderal Winery and Southern Appalachian Brewery. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is building their east coast brewing, bottling and distribution operation, in Northern Henderson County.
The Visitor Center, located at 201 South Main Street in downtown Hendersonville is open Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.