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Henderson Heritage Museum

Henderson Heritage Museum

Henderson Heritage Museum

1 Historic Courthouse Square
HendersonvilleNC  28792
(828) 694-1619

Hours:
Wednesday-Saturday 10:00a -5:00p
Sunday 1:00p - 5:00p

Henderson Heritage Museum features many artifacts from the Civil War. The museum is located on Main Street in the Historic Henderson County Courthouse. One of the exhibits at the museum is the "Golden Age - Coming of the Railroad". The Apple Valley Model Railroad Club has created a replica of the Saluda Mountain Grade which is the steepest main-line Standard gauge railroad in the United States. The Civil War Exhibit features artifacts of the military weaponry and the uniforms. There is also a replica of Hendersonville's first general store in the early 1900's.

Courthouse guided tours are given each Wednesday at 2:00pm. There is no charge for the tour.

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Hendersonville Train Depot

Hendersonville Train Depot

Hendersonville Train Depot

650 Maple Avenue
HendersonvilleNC  28792
(828) 890-8246

Hours: 
Wednesday 1:00p - 3:00p
Saturday 10:00a - 2:00p

Admission: Free

The first steam engine puffed up the Saluda Grade to the Hendersonville Depot in 1879. The Saluda Mountain Grade is the steepest main-line standard gauge railroad in the United States. Therefore, the steam engine needed additional help getting up the grade by using an engine attached to the rear. The engine is attached at Melrose for additional power to push the train up the Saluda Mountain. This section of track is still claimed to be the steepest Class #1 railroad in the United States at the 600’ elevation in less than 3 miles between Saluda and Melrose.

The Hendersonville Train Depot was built in 1902. It was 87 feet long and consisted of two waiting rooms, Agents Office, indoor plumbing and a freight or Railway Express Office. The total cost of the construction was $2613.00. In 1906 15 feet were added to each end of the station to provide a Ladies waiting room and more baggage handling space. A pavilion was added a few years later. The last passenger service ended in 1968. At the peak six passenger trains a day stopped in Hendersonville. Freight trains continue to travel to Hendersonville station until 2002.

In 1992 the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club's scale model railroad received permission to move to the station.The club's scale model railroad extends 100 feet along the length of the Depot and has over 2,000 feet of track, with over 250 switches and several turnouts. The layout is highly detailed. There are also many historical artifacts including a Southern Railway caboose that visitors can tour.

For additional information or special visit arrangements call (828) 890-8246.

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Mineral and Lapidary Museum

Mineral and Lapidary Museum

Mineral and Lapidary Museum

400 North Main Street
HendersonvilleNC  28792
(828) 698-1977

Hours:
March to December:
Monday - Friday: 1:00p - 5:00p
Saturday: 10:00a - 5:00p

January and February:
Tuesday - Friday: 1:00p - 5:00p
Saturday: 10:00a - 5:00p

Museum is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day but open on Memorial Day, Labor Day and 4th of July.

The purpose of the Mineral and Lapidary Museum was to establish in 1997 as a place where children could go to see and learn about the Earth Sciences. The Mineral and Lapidary Museum has many displays from meteorites, fossils, the Great Trex, quartz, geode, Indian artifacts, dinosaur egg nest, and many others. There is also a display for cracking a geode. Other displays include the fluorescent lighting gallery.

There is no admission to the Mineral and Lapidary Museum.

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Fun things to do in Hendersonville NC : Western North Carolina Air Museum in Hendersonville, NC. WNC Air Museum

WNC Air Museum

WNC Air Museum

1340 East Gilbert Street
HendersonvilleNC  28793
(828) 698-2482

Hours:
Open only on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
April - October:
Wednesday - 12:00p - 5:00p,
Saturday
- 10:00a - 5:00p
Sunday - 12:00p - 5:00p,
November - March:
Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 12:00p - 5:00p
Closed: Christmas Day, Easter, 4th July, Memorial Day and New Years Day

Located on the Hendersonville Airport grounds, the WNC Air Museum is known as the first air museum in North Carolina. On display are restored vintage airplanes, replica antique airplanes, and aviation memorabilia. You can see The Stearman N2S-4 and the 1930's Heath Parasol.

There is no admission fee nor parking fee. But, donations are appreciated.