Henderson County Heritage Museum

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.