Hendersonville, NC

Hendersonville, situated in Henderson County, is a city made up of 6 square miles.

2018 Best Guide to Hendersonville, NC

April 11, 2018

The area that consists of modern day Hendersonville was settled during the 18th century. Hendersonville is located in North Carolina in Henderson County (county seat), approximately 20 miles south of Asheville, with in the southern Appalachian mountains. The population of Hendersonville, North Carolina is 12,223. There are about 6 square miles total land area for the town. The County seat of this charming small southern town is part of a four County Metropolitan statistical area for Asheville. 

Henderson County was founded in 1838. In 1988, it became part of the National Register of Historic Places. Hendersonville was incorporated on January 7, 1847. It is located about 2,150 feet above sea level and lies on the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and features more than 100 shops and businesses. The zip codes for Hendersonville, North Carolina are 28739, 28791, 28792, and 28793. 

Hendersonville, the "city of four seasons", was proclaimed by its mayor as the friendliest city in America for those seeking retirement living. A beautiful, fully renovated courthouse demands central attention while in Hendersonville. It was built in 1905, and renovated in 2008. And there is a newly restored town hall.  

Hendersonville NC contains many restored buildings and is lined with client shops, restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries all within tree lined streets. For the past 20 years, Hendersonville has focused on revitalizing the downtown area, and there are numerous historic neighborhoods, all within walking distance from downtown.  

These include the Droid Hills and Fifth Avenue neighborhoods, which rests just north of downtown. Others include the Hyman Heights/Mt. Royal, 7th Ave., Depot District, Main Street historic District, West side historic district, cold spring Park historic District, and Lenox Park. 

Apple orchards dominate the landscape surrounding the town of Hendersonville. What with it being America's 7th largest producer of the sweet fruit. Accordingly, a very popular Apple Festival, the North Carolina Apple Festival, is held each year, with the King Apple Parade making its way through downtown.

The event typically happens during Labor Day weekend each year and has been going on for about 65 years. Whether you are looking for apples for pie or sauce, of if you just need some hand-dipped caramel apples, this is America's premier festival when it comes to apples.

During the festival, you can leisurely stroll through the street fair and exhibits, enjoy live music, browse arts and crafts galleries, check out the apple recipe contest, and look to the sky for antique aircraft. About 55,000 attend the fest each year. And, many of them take a stroll through the more than 200 local apple orchards.

There are plenty of other festivals and events occurring each year. For example, in December, check out the Flat Rock Playhouse, Christmas at Biltmore, old-fashioned Hendersonville Christmas in historic downtown Hendersonville, the annual Hendersonville Christmas Parade on North Main Street, Rugby middle school craft fair, holiday stories and music, a craft show at the Blue Ridge Mall, winter solstice hike, and New Year's celebrations at various churches and inns.

In July, check out the Dixieland miniature horse show at the North Carolina Agricultural Center, near Hendersonville NC, the Mountaineer antique auto club car show and flea market, more from the flat rock Playhouse, a Fourth of July celebration in downtown, including a 5K and 10K firecracker run, more car shows and music. Kids can have fun on the inflatable slides and bouncing tents.

Also check out the annual music on Main Street concert, Blue Ridge roller girls at the Western North Carolina agricultural center, take a tour of historic Hendersonville on numerous days, view the annual street dances, featuring bluegrass and Appalachian Mountains music, clogging, and square dancing. During July.

You can also take an interesting tour of the historic courthouse on the first Wednesday of the month. Actually, you can take the tour during any month from November through March and April through October on every Wednesday. Or sink your teeth into some of Hendersonville's famous barbecue at the Carolina Mountain Rib-Fest in mid-July.

Hendersonville NC has several historical sites and museums. One of the most popular, the mineral and lapidary Museum of Henderson County, can be found on the Main Street. One can gaze at a T-Rex skull, dinosaur eggs, huge geodes, various minerals from the surrounding mountains, and at other pieces. You will also find the local genealogical Society here. Admission is free.

The Henderson County Heritage Museum is another site to see. It features a generous gallery of North Carolina history, and is located in the old County Courthouse, also on North Main Street. There is no entry fee for this one as well area.

If trains are your thing, and in particular, this story trains, then you need to visit the Hendersonville Railroad Station down at seventh Avenue. It was opened in 1879 by Southern Railway, and shuttled passengers until 1968.

Let the kids have some fun at the Museum of educational exhibits, and are known as hands on! Entry is just five dollars per person. Kids can also have fun at the Fired UP! Creative Lounge, team ECCO, and Arcade on North Main.

Other places to visit include the historic Johnson Farm, on Haywood Road, the Oakdale Cemetery, Western North Carolina. Air Museum, and Jump Off Mountain. There is an Italian marble statue in honor of writer Thomas Wolfe at the Oakdale Cemetery.

The Johnson Farm features a 19 century tobacco farm. That was a summer destination for tourists until the 1920s. And in the air Museum, located near the Hendersonville airport, has several antique airplanes and other aircraft memorabilia. Take a breathtaking look of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Jump Off Mountain.

Hendersonville features a number of parks. These include the next part, Patton Park, Boyd Park, Berkeley Park, Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior Memorial Park, Ocklawaha Greenway trail, Tom Spark, Kenyan Memorial Park, and Sullivan Park.

Nearby towns to Hendersonville include Barker Heights, Mountain Home, East Flat Rock, Valley Hill, Balfour, Flat Rock, Laurel Park, and Valley Hill. Asheville, North Carolina is the nearest large city and is about 20 miles away. The nearest city with at least 200,000 people is Charlotte, North Carolina, which has about a half a million people. The nearest city with a population of at least 1 million is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which is about 500 miles to the northeast.

Ancestries for Hendersonville include English, German, Irish and Scottish.


The median resident age in Hendersonville is 46 years. The median estimated household income is about $34,000 making it about $14,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $23,000. The average price for a home in Hendersonville is about $174,000 (2015) which is $14,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $800 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Hendersonville is 70% White, 14% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races, and 13% other. 86% of the population are high school graduates, with 31% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 44% are married, 16% are divorced, 3% are separated, 13% are widowed, leaving 24% that have never been married.

Towns Nearby

Barker Heights, NC
Balfour, NC
Valley Hill, NC
Laurel Park, NC
East Flat Rock, NC
Flat Rock, NC
Mountain Home, NC
Dana, NC

Henderson County

Hendersonville belongs to Henderson County in the western part of North Carolina. The county, named after Chief Justice Leonard Henderson, is a part of the Asheville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area, has a population of 106,700. The county seat and largest city, Hendersonville, has a population of 13,300.

Henderson County borders Buncombe, Polk, Haywood, Rutherford, Transylvania, and Greenville (SC) counties.

Henderson County is made up of 375 square miles. 373 of which is land with the remaining 2 as water.


The population of Hendersonville, NC is about 13,140. The population has been steadily increasing since its founding.


The elevation of Hendersonville, NC is 2,152 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Hendersonville, NC is 28792.

Area Code

The area code for Hendersonville, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Hendersonville and Henderson County have voted mostly Republican, with 63% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 49% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 44% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 7%.


The unemployment rate for Hendersonville is about 4% (2015), making it less than the state average of around 5%. Sales, production, construction, and management make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Hendersonville Times-News and the Hendersonville Lightning are the primary newspapers that cover the Henderson County area.


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