Henderson County Heritage Museum

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Christmas Ornaments On Sale

The museum's new 2016 Christmas ornament is on sale now! Come pick up your own. We also have our 2015 and 2014 Ornaments still available to purchase.

Featured Exhibits

Now in the Bo Thomas Room

The Coming of the Railroad

Carolina Special

Come in to see the Saluda Grade diorama built by theApple 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.

Train Exhibit

Now in the Champion Hills Room

A continuation of The Golden Age with a turn of the century county store. The Shepherd store is complete with a video host from the past.

Shepard store

Now in the Perry Rudnick Foundation Room

A commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the American Civil War.

Civil War

This new Civil War exhibit features artifacts including:

  • An authentic 35 Star "Old Glory" Flag and authentic Confederate "Stars and Bars" Flag.
  • SC Robinson Confederate Sharps rifle.
  • Full dress uniforms of a field Artilleryman, 1865 Union.
  • Infantryman and the Henderson County "Home Guard".

This extensive collection of never-before-seen military weaponry & accoutrements, dating back 150 years, is open to the public free of charge.

Terry Ruscin:
A History of Transportation in Western North Carolina

Come visit our gift shop today and pick up a copy of Terry Ruscin's new book, A History of Transportation in Western North Carolina. We had a fine selection of the author's other works for purchase as well.

We invite you on a journey to yesterday

On your journey we want you to visit with the people, learn of their contributions, and reflect on milestone events that helped shape their lives and Henderson County, North Carolina.

We would like for you to view "evidences of yesterday" that will remind you of the heritage that has been the legacy of this county's pioneers. Colorful exhibits, diorama, educational programs, research, and collections reflect how the people of this county responded to their cultural, educational, political, and natural environments.

This Museum collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits a collection of historical and cultural artifacts. The process takes many shapes, forms, and media.

This museum, found within the Henderson County Historic Courthouse, seeks to preserve history and a sense of place. Consisting of six rooms, approximately 2000 square feet, the Museum spaces are designed for flexibility, capability, and versatility.

The Heritage Museum partners with other organizations that focus on "history and community" and provides services, upon request, to groups and individuals.

This Museum promotes appreciation for the people who have created and developed this county.

Welcome to the Henderson County Heritage Museum.

See us on the news!

Check out the museum and our Board member Terry Robinson on the news, and more about Jim the Pig from our Life Along the Ridge exhibit, in the Tar Heel Traveler segment from WRAL news!

Recent TV Broadcast

Check out our latest TV commercial introducing "The Golden Age: Part 2" exhibit. Many thanks to Morris Broadband for putting us in rotation.

Mission Statement

"The Henderson County Heritage Museum captures, promotes and celebrates our rich history and culture and engages residents and the greater community in preserving that heritage for present and future generations."


Hours Of Operation
Wednesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

We are located at
1 Historic Courthouse Sq # 4, Hendersonville, NC 28792
inside the Historic Henderson County Courthouse

Call us at (828) 694-1619

Historic Henderson-County-Opoly now available

Our Historic Henderson-County-Opoly is now available! You can stop in and pick up your copy, or order it directly from us through PayPal on our Gift Shop's page

Our Newest Exhibits

Life Along The Ridge

Life along The Ridge: Early Years in the communities along the Eastern Continental Divide in Henderson County is now open in the Henderson County Heritage Museum. Featured displays include churches, schools, grist mills, an old pottery kiln, granny doctors and herbal cures, Ray Taylor and the Taylor Maids, Big Jim the pig and moonshining and stills.

The Golden Age: Part 2

Laurel Park

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 the “Dummy Line” rail car from Main Street out Fifth Avenue to Laurel Park to enjoy the lovely lakes and pavilions.

Local Historic Links

Local historians at the Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society have gathered an exceptional resource for Hendersonville Heritage. Take special note of theCourthouse blueprints posted on their site.

Thanks to our sponsors

The Museum wishes to thank our county & media sponsors