About a week ago I had the chance to spend a few hours in downtown Hendersonville, North Carolina. It’s a great place to spend an hour, a morning, or an entire day. It features a variety of museums, restaurants, and shops within close walking distance of each other. Right now I’d like to give you just a quick taste of what Main Street has to offer.
The downtown district reflects the vibrant city that Hendersonville is and the history it has seen. At one time the city was home to two drive-in theaters on either end of town and two theaters on either side of Main Street. Apples made Henderson County home to some very wealthy farmers and many of the buildings downtown reflect this.
Hendersonville has done a great job preserving and developing its downtown. Their encouragement of the arts can be seen through the bears that are on display throughout downtown. (Click here to read my article about the bears.) In the photo below you can see their new streetlights on the right of the screen and one of their signs for the Downtown District in the middle of the photo.
Hendersonville’s downtown still feels like a downtown. The grand architecture still remains, although the banks and department have long since left for the edge of town. It’s this architecture that I really enjoyed as I strolled along Main Street. Take a look at some of the examples.
Downtown Hendersonville also holds reminders of the past that is gone. Here are two details you should check out while you’re there.
I hope I’ve convinced you that downtown Hendersonville would make a great road trip destination. Of course, the rest of Hendersonville is great, too, and we’ll explore it later. For lots more information click here to visit hendersonville.com and click here to visit the web site of the Historic Hendersonville Visitor Information Center.