ROADTRIP: Time Travel in Downtown Hendersonville

By D. Lanier Shook                       May 22, 2016

Downtown Hendersonville is a real treat for visitors, full of shopping, dining, entertainment, and cultural attractions. Not only is there the Henderson County Heritage Museum, the ECCO Acquarium, the Hands On Museum, the Gem Museum, and so many antique shops they can be considered a cultural attraction of their own. (Click here to visit the Downtown’s official website.) But Downtown’s amazing feature is the fact that it itself is a cultural attraction.

As you walk up and down main street you can see the history of Hendersonville around you on plaques put up on buildings. Each plaque shares what was there before and some of these buildings are well over a hundred years old. These plaques are a visible representation of the significance that the community places on its past.

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This is only one of over twenty plaques along Main Street that literally change the way you look at Downtown by sharing what has been there in the past.

This is one of the most impressive plaques because of the building's age.

This is one of the most impressive plaques because of the building’s age.

But the city isn’t limiting the plaques to the past. Individuals can sponsor plaques on the benches, providing loving tributes to their loved ones. These are a touching tribute to their dedication to family and city. Don’t forget to look for them on the backs of benches all along Main Street.

This touching plaque is located across from Jongo Jave coffeeshop at the southern end of Main Street.

This touching tribute is located on a bench across from Jongo Java coffeeshop at the southern end of Main Street.

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