Discover Historic Hendersonville, NC

03/16/2015  | 
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company opened their new east coast brewing, bottling and distribution operation, in Northern Henderson County

Hendersonville, known as The City of Four Seasons, offers cool mountains and warm southern hospitality. Hendersonville is located in Western North Carolina, 22 miles south of Asheville, in the Blue Ridge Mountains on a plateau, 2200 feet above sea level.

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 and the Historic Hendersonville Depot.

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; and St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church as well as many unique specialty shops.

The Garden Jubilee Festival is a two-day festival, held on Saturday and Sunday, of 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 260+ 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 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. These concerts are held early June through mid August. Experience Rhythm and Brews concerts each month from April through September each year in downtown Hendersonville.

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, and Southern Appalachian Brewery. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company opened their new east coast brewing, bottling and distribution operation, in Northern Henderson County. Tours, a restaurant, tasting room and other experiences are available to the public.

 

The Visitor Center, located at 201 South Main Street in downtown Hendersonville is open Monday-Friday from 9 am-5 pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10 am-5 pm. visit historichendersonville.org or call 800-828-4244.
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