Hendersonville

Visit historic downtown Hendersonville and stroll down the beautiful distinctive serpentine Main Street. There are many attractions and things to do in Hendersonville for all ages.

Flat Rock

Flat Rock is known as "The Little Charleston of the Mountains". Check out the brightly painted cottages which create a unique retail area in Flat Rock known as Little Rainbow Row.

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Picture of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Hendersonville, NC.Historic Hendersonville

Website: http://www.downtownhendersonville.org/

There are several attractions located in historic downtown Hendersonville.

Some downtown attractions are Mineral and Lapidary Museum of Henderson County which exhibits the "T Rex". Other exhibits include a Hendersonville Meteorite, North Carolina Minerals plus a display of Fluorescent minerals and replicas of World Famous Diamonds.

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Picture of Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock, NC.Flat Rock Playhouse

Flat Rock Playhouse is North Carolina's State Theatre located in the heart of the Village of Flat Rock  and across the road from Carl Sandburg's home.

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Picture of Carl Sandburg's Home in Flat Rock, NC. Carl Sandburg's House

Carl Sandburg who was recognized as the "People's Poet", was also an author, historian, Pulitzer-prize winner and biographer of Abraham Lincoln.

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Picture of Village of Flat Rock Town Hall. Village of Flat Rock

Website: http://www.villageofflatrock.org/

The Village of Flat Rock is home to Carl Sandburg's house and the Flat Rock Playhouse as well as other poets, artist and playwriters.  Flat Rock is a beautiful village with unique shops and plenty of hiking trails.  It is also home to the Flat Rock Playhouse which is the state theatre of North Carolina. 

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Picture of the people at Music on Main Street in downtown Hendersonville, NC.Music On Main

Music on Main Street is held every Friday night from 7:00p until 9:00p beginning the first of June through the end of August. It is held in the Visitors Center parking lot.

Music On Main Street features a different band each week which plays music from the 1940's up to 1990's. People bring chairs, relax and listen to the music while others dance. So bring a lawn chair and relax or get up and dance and have a good time. There is also Street Dances at the Visitor Center on Monday Nights featuring 94 years of Traditional Appalachian Music and Dance.

Also, Music On Main Street has Classic Car Shows at certain concerts.  See www.hendersonvilleantiquecarclub.org for the schedule.

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Picture of the crowd of people at the Apple Festival in Hendersonville NC. Apple Festival

Website: ncapplefestival.org
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The Apple Festival is held annually on Labor Day Weekend (the weekend preceding the first Monday in Sept.).

The Apple Festival is a 9 block street fair on Main Street in Hendersonville. Come enjoy the food, fun, crafts, apples and live entertainment. The King Apple Parade is held on Labor Day.

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Picture of Group playing Bluegrass music. Street Dances on Main Street

Street Dances on Main Street is held every Monday evening from 7:00p until 9:00p. beginning the first of July through the mid-August and is located next to the Visitors Center.

Bluegrass music and square dancing are featured.

Bring your chair and enjoy some down home bluegrass and mountain music or bring your dancing shoes and do some clogging or square dancing.

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Picture of the building of Western North Carolina Air Museum in Hendersonville, NC. WNC Air  Museum

Website: WNC Air Museum
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WNC Air  Museum is known as the first air museum in North Carolina.

On display are restored vintage airplanes, replica antique planes, and aviation memorabilia. You can see The Stearman N2S-4 1930's Heath Parasol. The museum is opened year round. For hours of operation WNC Air Museum

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Picture of Hendersonville Train Depot in Hendersonville, NC.Hendersonville Train Depot

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The Hendersonville Train Depot was built in 1902 and is the home to  Apple Valley Model Railroad Club's scale model railroad.

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Picture of St John's Wilderness Church in Flat Rock, NC. St. John's in the Wilderness

Website: http://stjohnflatrock.episcopalwnc.org/

St. John's in the Wilderness was built in 1836 and was the first Episcopal Church in Western North Carolina. The church and graveyard are open Tues. - Sun. from 9:00AM-4:00PM for visitation. The church is located at 1905 Greenville Highway (Hwy. 225 S) 0.8 miles from the center of Flat Rock.

The church was first built as a private chapel for the Baring family but was later given to the Bishop of the newly-formed diocese.  It is noted that both whites and slaves worshipped at the church and many were buried in the church cemetry.  There are many noted southern names among the family plots and graves.

Many well-known members of southern aristocracy have family plots in the churchyard.

Today it is still a place of worship.

For additional information call the church at 828-693-9783. www.stjohnflatrock.org

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Picture of Jump Off Rock in Laurel Park, NC.Jump Off Rock

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Jump Off Rock is one of the most famous and visited sites in Laurel Park.  Jump Off Rock is 4.8 miles and  15 minutes driving time from Hendersonville.