Current Exhibits

80th Anniversary of the Vagabond Players

80th Anniversary of the Vagabond Players
Exhibit Opening Reception May 6, 2017 Noon-2:00pm Robroy Farquhar, the Original Vagabond In 1937, a group of struggling performers, led by Robroy Farquhar, organized themselves as the Vagabond Players. The Vagabonds worked in a variety of places over the course of three years, and in 1940 found themselves in the Blue Ridge region of Western...

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Civil War Exhibit

Civil War Exhibit
Perry Rudnick Foundation Room The Perry Rudnick Foundation Room is currently commemorating the sesquicentennial anniversary of the American Civil War with a new exhibit of Civil War artifacts. Some of the displayed artifacts are describe in detail below the war's summary. 1860 - 1920 CIVIL WAR - Americans fought each other in the deadliest war...

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Shepherd’s Store

Shepherd’s Store
Champion Hills Club Room The Champion Hills Club Room presents our newest exhibit "Golden Age: The Shepherd Store Recreation". This exhibit was conceived by Judy Abrell. This turn of the century county store is complete with a video host from the past. Play the video to meet Judy and "Mr. Shepherd".

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The Coming of the Railroad

The Coming of the Railroad
Bo Thomas Room 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...

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Let Freedom Ring

Let Freedom Ring
Louise Howe Bailey Room The Louise Bailey Room, named in honor of a well-known and respected local historian, houses that part of our inaugural exhibit "Let Freedom Ring" which focuses on 1940 - Present MULTI-MEDIA -Watch videos and listen to audio recordings with our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines telling about their experiences in each...

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Life Along the Ridge

Life Along the Ridge
The Life Along the Ridge exhibit at the Henderson County Heritage Museum explores the early days in the Dana, Tracy Grove and Upward communities.  The centerpiece exhibit is a moonshine still with information boards describing the moonshine process and discussing its place in local history. The exhibit includes information on churches, schools, businesses, mills and ...

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Revolutionary Hall

Revolutionary Hall
This area honors local heroes of the Revolutionary War and recalls two famous battles, important in the outcome of the war, in which they fought. The "Overmountain Men" included the soldiers from Western North Carolina who met the enemy at Kings Mountain, near Charlotte, and at Cowpens, just north of Spartanburg, and were victorious. Photographs...

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The Courthouse Room

The Courthouse Room
3rd Floor Accompanied by a museum docent, come upstairs to see a scale model of the 1905 Courthouse with furnishings and artifacts from its history, including the desk used by Judge Pace. A photo opportunity awaits in putting the family in jail behind original courthouse jail window bars.  

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The Baker Barber Studios

The Baker Barber Studios
The Baker Barber Studios chronicled the history of Western North Carolina from 1884 to the mid 1990s. They recorded much of the pictorial history of Henderson County. Much more than just a collection of old photographs, the collection documents places and events, and records growth in and around Henderson County, including photographs of urbanization, transportation,...

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Veterans Hall

Veterans Hall
Veterans Hall, located in the Henderson County Human Services Building at 1200 Spartanburg Hwy, is our only off site exhibit. Developed in a collaboration with Veterans Service Officer Mike Murdoch & with permission from the Henderson County Commissioners, the Hall honors veterans from World War 1 through Afghanistan.

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Rescue Squad 60th Anniversary

Now on display on the third floor of the Heritage Museum On a hot summer day in the mid 1950s Glenn Simpson and his wife were enjoying an outing on Lake Lure. That day Simpson and his wife witnessed a drowning, and the helplessness of their community to respond. Simpson was amazed with what he...

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