Henderson County Heritage Museum

Featured Exhibits

Now in the Bo Thomas Room

The Coming of the Railroad

Carolina Special

Come in to see the Saluda Grade diorama built by the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club. The nation's steepest standard-gauge mainline railroad made possible the trade and tourism that started Henderson County's Golden Age. Also on display are railroad videos, photos & artifacts. There is a live model train running near the ceiling & a recreation of the Carolina Special which ran from 1911 until 1968. The train was a vital passenger link between South Carolina and the Midwest.

Train Exhibit

Now in the Champion Hills Room

A continuation of The Golden Age with a turn of the century county store. The Shepard store is complete with a video host from the past.

Shepard store

Now in the Perry Rudnick Foundation Room

A commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the American Civil War.

Civil War

This new Civil War exhibit features artifacts including:

  • "An authentic 35 Star "Old Glory" Flag and authentic Confederate "Stars and Bars" Flag.
  • SC Robinson Confederate Sharps rifle.
  • Full dress uniforms of a field Artilleryman, 1865 Union.
  • Infantryman and the Henderson County "Home Guard".

This extensive collection of never-before-seen military weaponry & accoutrements, dating back 150 years, is open to the public free of charge.

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We invite you on a journey to yesterday

On your journey we want you to visit with the people, learn of their contributions, and reflect on milestone events that helped shape their lives and Henderson County, North Carolina.

We would like for you to view "evidences of yesterday" that will remind you of the heritage that has been the legacy of this county's pioneers. Colorful exhibits, diorama, educational programs, research, and collections reflect how the people of this county responded to their cultural, educational, political, and natural environments.

This Museum collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits a collection of historical and cultural artifacts. The process takes many shapes, forms, and media.

This museum, found within the Henderson County Historic Courthouse, seeks to preserve history and a sense of place. Consisting of six rooms, approximately 2000 square feet, the Museum spaces are designed for flexibility, capability, and versatility.

The Heritage Museum partners with other organizations that focus on "history and community" and provides services, upon request, to groups and individuals.

This Museum promotes appreciation for the people who have created and developed this county.

Welcome to the Henderson County Heritage Museum.


Recent TV Broadcast

Check out our new commercial for 2014 on Morris Cable TV introducing "The Golden Age: Part 2" exhibit




We were recently featured on WLOS Channel 13's Road Trippin' series. Check out the two minute tour by clicking on "Historical Attractions" in the video box of their Road Trippin' web page.

We were also featured on UNC-TV's North Carolina Weekend show. Check out the five minute piece by clicking on "Henderson County Historical Museum" in the video box of their North Carolina Weekend web page.

Mission Statement

"The Henderson County Heritage Museum captures, promotes and celebrates our rich history and culture and engages residents and the greater community in preserving that heritage for present and future generations."

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Hours Of Operation
Wednesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Call us at (828)694-1619

Our Newest Exhibits

The Golden Age: Part 2

Laurel Park

Laurel Park

With the coming of the train and the influx of new residents and many, many tourists, the Town of Laurel Park came into being as a popular place to live and to play. Tourists from the downtown inns would ride the “Dummy Line” rail car from Main Street out Fifth Avenue to Laurel Park to enjoy the lovely lakes and pavilions.

The Wheeler Hotel

Wheeler

Now showing in the Archive Room of the Heritage Corridor, we present the turn of the century story of the Wheeler Hotel. The 125-room hotel, built by David Henry Wheeler of Newberry, SC, once stood atop the hill where the Bruce Drysdale School is today. With the train depot just a short trip from its back entrance, the Wheeler was a convenient as well as elegant getaway place for turn-of-the-century travelers and tourists.

Early Architects Exhibit

Also showing in the Archive Room of the Heritage Corridor, an expanded exhibit The Golden Age with the featured works of Courthouse architect Richard Sharp Smith and local celebrated architect Erle Stillwell.

Local Historic Links

Local historians at the Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society have gathered an exceptional resource for Hendersonville Heritage. Take special note of the Courthouse blueprints posted on their site.

Thanks to our sponsors

The Museum wishes to thank our county & media sponsors