Past 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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History of Laurel Park

This area houses the Golden Age Part 2 exhibit exploring the development of 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...

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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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School Days: Early Education in Henderson County

The 2012 multi room exhibit "School Days" displayed how our public educational system has grown from the first school in Mills River in 1797 to fifty one schools in 1900 to the consolidation of 1931. Extensive research awaited visitors in the eight school binders, by Bill Barnwell, that documented the beginnings of education in Henderson...

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WW1: Three Years in the Trenches

The expanded exhibit of WW1 in the Bo Thomas room in 2011 focused on our local involvement & a survey of WW1 aviation. Featuring a full-scale reproduction of a Western Front trench, authentic soldier uniforms, military weaponry & accoutrements, the full exhibit also included a display of famous aviators & the planes they flew. Currently...

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County of Champions

March, 2011, "County of Champions," was a tribute to local high school basketball history prior to 1960 and consolidation. Each school has a designate board space to exhibit photographs of players, coaches, cheerleaders and records of tournament play-- old programs, tickets. The exhibit video featured former players and fans who remembered the time when communities...

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Communications in Henderson County

December, 2010, "Keeping in Touch," a celebration of the history of broadcast and print media in Henderson County. See the original exhibit video & browse some of the exhibits highlights. For a detailed timeline on each community voice featured in the exhibit, visit our History page and follow the links.

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Flat Rock Playhouse: A Legacy

In October, 2010, we celebrated the heritage that Flat Rock Playhouse has created for Henderson County and the state of North Carolina in the world of theatre and the arts. Displays, memorabilia, and multimedia depicted the history of the Playhouse and its vital role in the history of Hendersonville and Henderson County. Flat Rock Playhouse,...

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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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