ROAD TRIP MONDAY: Downtown Hendersonville

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.

This is looking north from the corner of Third and Main.

This is looking north from the corner of Third and Main. The traffic light is on the right and the sign is in the middle.

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This is a better look at one of the Downtown District signs and also a great look at the Historic Courthouse.

These are signs you'll see on historic buildings along Main Street providing details of their past.

These are signs you’ll see on historic buildings along Main Street providing details of their past.

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.

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This row of buildings is a great example of how the architecture of the past has been preserved. Look at the details above the upper floor windows and the upper floor windows themselves on the building in the center.

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This photo shows those details a little clearer.

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This picture is worth a thousand words when talking about architecture. The bronze cougar and garden out front are also evidence of the development the city has put into it’s downtown district.

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This shop is a little architectural gem.

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Once again look at these buildings and the masonry.

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This is another example of downtown Hendersonville and its past being preserved into the present and beyond.

Downtown Hendersonville also holds reminders of the past that is gone. Here are two details you should check out while you’re there.

This marks where stairs used to lead to a lower level of downtown. The glass blocks were once the ceiling for it and the lines to their left mark where the stairs were that led down to it.

This marks where stairs used to lead to a lower level of downtown. The glass blocks were once the ceiling for it and the lines to their left mark where the stairs were that led down to it.

This fountain doesn't work anymore but is an example of Henderson County's vibrant social organizations---the Woodmen of the World in this case.

This fountain doesn’t work anymore but is an example of Henderson County’s vibrant social organizations—the Woodmen of the World in this case.

This is a great shot of the mural on Third Street with a cute Mini in front of it.

This is a great shot of the mural on Third Street with a cute Mini in front of it.

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.

 

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5 responses to “ROAD TRIP MONDAY: Downtown Hendersonville

    • It really is and there’s so much of it. I covered the downtown district, but there’s also districts to the east (this is where most of the shoppign centers are), south (along the Spartanburg Highway toward Flat Rock), north (along Highway 25 toward Fletcher), and even Laurel Park to the west. I did an article a few years ago about The WNC Aviation Museum located at the local airport which offers an amazing display of aircraft from the 20s and 30s.

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