Background on the Historic Johnson Farm

by: Dan Gibbs • 08/28/2019

     The Historic Johnson Farm in Hendersonville started out as a farm in the 1870’s, became a boarding house in the early 1900’s, and is now a National Historic site that was donated to the Henderson County Board of Education for use as a heritage education facility.      The property where the Johnson farm is located was […]

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Things to do at Connemara

by: Dan Gibbs • 08/28/2019

Just a short drive from Main Street is Connemara, Carl Sandburg’s family home, now a National Park. Sandburg was a very famous poet and writer, and his wife, Lillian, was reknowned as a goat farmer and a goat farm is still in operation to this day. One of the best times to come visit Carl […]

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History of Pearson’s Falls

by: Dan Gibbs • 08/28/2019

 Pearson’s Falls is a 268 acre glen hidden in the Blue Ridge mountains about three miles south of Saluda, NC and four miles north of Tryon, NC. The glen has over 200 documented species of plants and the centerpiece of the glen is a 90 foot cascading waterfall.       The area is named after Charles William […]

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History of Connemara

by: Luke Wherry • 08/28/2019

     Connemara has encompassed almost 200 years of American history. During that time Connemara has survived the Civil War with the Secretary of the Confederate Treasury C.G. Memminger as its owner, saw the coming of the Industrial Age under the ownership of textile mill tycoon and entrepreneur Ellison Adger Smyth, and after WW II it became […]

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Enjoying the Beauty of Chimney Rock

by: Dan Gibbs • 08/28/2019

     Chimney Rock is a place of tremendous natural beauty and ecological diversity located in the Hickory Nut Gorge only 18 miles from Hendersonville. Chimney Rock is the story of one man’s vision, his desire to share that vision with the world, and his family’s dedication to perpetuate that dream.     Chimney Rock got its start when […]

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Background on the Historic Hendersonville Railroad Depot

by: Dan Gibbs • 08/28/2019

     The railroad came to Hendersonville in June of 1879. Thus started a century of passenger and freight trains coming through Hendersonville and during the heyday of the train, up to six passenger trains a day made their way through the town.        Southern Railway built the Hendersonville Railroad Depot in the early 1900’s as a station […]

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Celebrate First In Flight: History of the Western North Carolina Air Museum

by: Dan Gibbs • 08/28/2019

     North Carolina promotes itself as the “First in Flight” because of the Wright Brothers flight at Kitty Hawk in mid-December 1903. Western North Carolina boasts the first museum dedicated to flight in the Western North Carolina Air Museum located beside the Hendersonville Airport.       According to the museum’s website westernnorthcarolinaairmuseum.com, the museum was incorporated in August […]

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The Folklore of Lake Lure

by: Luke Wherry • 08/28/2019

     Lake Lure rests in the Hickory Nut Gorge in Rutherford County and is a town of great natural beauty with a scenic mountain lake as its centerpiece. It is also a town of myths, legends, and the paranormal.          Lake Lure was the vision of Dr. Lucius B. Morse who saw the potential for a mountain […]

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History of Mineral and Lapidary Museum of Henderson County

by: Luke Wherry • 08/28/2019

     Henderson County has a rich geological history that dates back to the 1880s. The Mineral and Lapidary Museum of Henderson County celebrates this geological history that displays “a range of specimens of raw minerals in their natural state to polished gemstones and other finished material. “ The museum also has fossils on display as well […]

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A History of Saluda

by: Dan Gibbs • 08/28/2019

     When Captain Charles Pearson, a former officer in the Confederate army, picked a route for the new railroad that went up Melrose Mountain rather than the more traditional route of Howard’s Gap, it put Saluda on the map. Saluda had been known as Pace’s Gap before the railroad and it had been a stopping point […]

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