Henderson County Heritage Museum Calendar

Jul
4
Tue
Free Ice Cream at the Museum
Jul 4 @ 11:30 am

Join us for free ice cream at the courthouse after the July 4th parade!
(While supplies last)

Jul
19
Wed
Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Crash of Piedmont Airlines Flight 22 @ Henderson County Heritage Museum
Jul 19 @ 11:30 am

On July 19, 1967 at 12:01pm Piedmont Airlines Flight 22, a Boeing 727, and a Cessna 310 were involved in a midair collision over Hendersonville, NC.  All occupants of Flight 22, including 74 passengers and five crew members, along with the three occupants of the Cessna were killed.  The Cessna disintegrated in the air and the Boeing 727 crashed in a wooded area between Interstate 26 and Camp Pinewood.  Hundreds of people witnessed the collision and crash.

The rescue squad, county fire departments, police, sheriff’s deputies and medical personnel responded immediately.  The fire was extinguished within 30 minutes and Rescue Squad members began the grim task of searching the dense smoke-filled woods for survivors.  It quickly became apparent that there were none.  The Henderson County Rescue Squad let the recovery efforts with assistance from over 400 volunteers from throughout North Carolina and South Carolina.

It was through the first responders’ sacrifice and dedication to service that Henderson County was able to recover.  Federal officials gave high praise to the responding Fire and Law Enforcement departments and the Rescue Squad for their organization and professionalism.  The Henderson County Rescue Squad received commendations from the US Senate, Piedmont Airlines, the US Department of Transportation and the Governor for the Volunteers’ bravery during the disaster.

The Henderson County Heritage Museum, in conjunction with the Henderson County Rescue Squad, will conduct a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the crash on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 11:30am in front of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Hendersonville.  The public is invited to attend this free event.  Speakers will honor the 82 lives lost in the crash and also honor the emergency response from Henderson County and Western North Carolina.  Paul Houle, author of The Crash of Piedmont Airlines Flight 22:  Completing the Record of the 1967 Midair Collision near Hendersonville, North Carolina, will also speak about the crash and the improvements made in airline safety as a result.  There will also be a display of historic photos from the event, video accounts from eye witnesses and a piece of fused metal from the crash.

According to Mark Shepherd, Captain, Henderson County Rescue Squad, “This was one of the largest disasters ever to hit Western North Carolina.  It also caused one of the largest emergency responses in area history.”

Aug
26
Sat
60th Anniversary of the Henderson County Rescue Squad
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Please join us as we celebrate the exhibit opening for the 60th Anniversary of the Henderson County Rescue Squad.  Equipment will be on display in front of the courthouse and there will be demonstrations.

Dec
7
Fri
Summer Camps Exhibit Opening
Dec 7 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Summer Camps are part of the fabric of Henderson County.  Join us for our exhibit opening with free refreshments.

Old Fashioned Christmas
Dec 7 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Free refreshments, entertainment by the Bearcat Brass, a discount on everything in the gift shop.

Jan
9
Wed
Living the Good Life by Robert Ballard @ Heritage Museum Book Club
Jan 9 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Heritage Museum Book Club meets the second Wednesday of each month and has a discussion led by the book’s author. The book should be read prior to the meeting. Books are available for purchase in the museum gift shop. There is no charge to participate in the discussion.

Feb
13
Wed
Catching Fire by Rose Senehi @ Heritage Museum Book Club
Feb 13 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Heritage Museum Book Club meets the second Wednesday of each month and has a discussion led by the book’s author. The book should be read prior to the meeting. Books are available for purchase in the museum gift shop. There is no charge to participate in the discussion.

Mar
13
Wed
As Rain Turns to Snow and Other Stories by Robert Morgan @ Heritage Museum Book Club
Mar 13 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Heritage Museum Book Club meets the second Wednesday of each month and has a discussion led by the book’s author. The book should be read prior to the meeting. Books are available for purchase in the museum gift shop. There is no charge to participate in the discussion.

Apr
4
Sat
Easter Bonnet Promenade @ Narnia Studios to Heritage Musuem
Apr 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Easter Bonnet Promenade

Join us Saturday, April, 24th, 2020 at 2pm and show off your funniest or finest hat at the 15th annual “Easter Bonnet Promenade” From Narnia Studios to the historic Courthouse Museum, Where we will have tea, cookies and prizes and take a look at the vintage hats on display inside the museum. There will also be games and a appearance by the Easter Bunny for the kids. So put your bonnet. . . on it!

Apr
25
Sat
Ann Ross Book Signing @ Henderson County Heritage Museum
Apr 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the Henderson County Heritage Museum on April 25th at 2pm to hear Ann Ross Talk about her new book Miss Julia Knows a Thing or Two and light refreshments.