Oakdale Cemetery

by: Dan Gibbs • 07/21/2021

By: Dan Gibbs Oakdale Cemetery in Hendersonville, the city’s first municipal cemetery, was laid out in 1885. What was then known as Shaw’s Creek Road, now US 64, borders the cemetery on the north and south. It has well over 5,000 burials on 22 acres of land. In 1885, there were two sections of the […]

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The Bee Mural

by: Dan Gibbs • 07/21/2021

By: Dan Gibbs The Bee Mural in downtown Hendersonville, a project that first got off the ground in 2019, was finally completed and debuted in mid-May 2021. This is six years after Hendersonville became designated a Bee City USA affiliate. Bee City USA is based out of Asheville, NC and according to the Bee City […]

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The Woodfield Inn

by: Dan Gibbs • 06/01/2021

By: Dan Gibbs There are many historic landmarks in Flat Rock, Hendersonville, and Henderson County that had their beginnings before the county was even formed in the early to mid-19th century. The Woodfield Inn now the Mansouri Mansion in Flat Rock is one of landmarks. The Farmer’s Hotel, as it was originally called, was built […]

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St. James Episcopal Church

by: Dan Gibbs • 05/03/2021

By: Dan Gibbs The architecture on Main Street in Hendersonville has always fascinated me but one building at the end of Main Street, St. James Episcopal Church, stands out above all of the others. The church building looks like it should be sitting in the English countryside somewhere.  The history St. James Episcopal Church is […]

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1898 Waverly Inn

by: Dan Gibbs • 05/03/2021

By: Dan Gibbs The 1898 Waverly Inn at 783 North Main Street in Hendersonville is the oldest surviving Inn that is in existence “from the early 20th century tourism boom in Hendersonville.” As the name suggests it was built in 1898 and began as the Anderson Boarding House. It is built in the Queen Anne style […]

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The Charleston Inn

by: Dan Gibbs • 05/03/2021

By: Dan Gibbs The Charleston Inn was constructed sometime in the 1880s is located at 755 North Main Street, Hendersonville. It underwent a complete transformation between 1912 and 1922 and it was remade in the Classical Revival style that became popular in the 1920’s. In 1916, former Confederate soldier L.R. Chewning and his wife bought […]

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Mean Mr. Mustard Café

by: Dan Gibbs • 02/26/2021

By: Dan Gibbs Mean Mr. Mustard Café is a Beatles themed restaurant located at 605 Kanuga Road in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The restaurant takes their name from a Beatles song penned by John Lennon when the Beatles were in India in 1969 and the song was on their iconic album Abbey Road. Abbey Road was one of […]

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Notable Men of Henderson County: Erle Stillwell

by: Dan Gibbs • 01/29/2021

By: Dan Gibbs Some of the architecture in Henderson County dates back to the early 19th century and to the founding of Flat Rock and Hendersonville.  Chanteloupe, the Saluda Cottages, St. Johns in the Wilderness church were all built during this time period.  Architect Erle Stillwell did not appear in Hendersonville until 1913 but he […]

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Artist Spotlight: David Soileau

by: Dan Gibbs • 01/21/2021

By: Dan Gibbs Local artist David Soileau is a 1984 graduate of East Henderson High School and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in painting with honors from North Carolina-Asheville in 1990.  He relocated to Lexington, KY after graduation from college and became part of a group called the Artist’s Attic. […]

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Hauntings In Hendersonville: Part II

by: Dan Gibbs • 10/29/2020

By: Dan Gibbs Chanteloupe is the name of a grand house located in Flat Rock that was built by the Count de Choiseul in the 1830’s. By 1840, his wife, son, and two daughters were permanent residents at Chanteloupe and he traveled back and forth between Flat Rock and Charleston, SC as his business interests […]

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