For additional sites, see the National Register of Historic Places listings in Henderson County, North Carolina.
The town has a well-preserved Main Street and adjoining downtown areas with many restaurants, antique shops and boutiques in buildings that housed key local business until the mid-1980s. Main Street is home to other festivals and special activities throughout the year.
Its architecture reflects the late 19th and early 20th centuries. High schools in the city include West Henderson High School, Hendersonville High School, North Henderson High School, and East Henderson High School.
, a children's museum of "educational exhibits that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe, 'hands-on' environment." Admission is $5 per child or adult.
The Henderson County Heritage Museum, a 1905 county courthouse featuring a gallery of regional Carolina history, is further down Main Street at One Historic Courthouse Square.
It sits in the heart of the Main Street Historic District. To the east of Main Street is the 1902-16 Hendersonville Rail Road Station, at 7th Avenue and Maple Street in the Seventh Avenue Depot District. It includes the Italian marble angel statue that served as the inspiration for Thomas Wolfe's first novel, Look Homeward, Angel (1929).
Southern Railway opened the line in 1879, a full year before that of Asheville. North of Main Street is the Historic Johnson Farm at 3346 Haywood Road.
Males had a median income of ,458 versus ,770 for females. About 13.3% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.5% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.
First in the sights to visit listed by the AAA is the Mineral and Lapidary Museum of Henderson County, located at 400 North Main Street in downtown Hendersonville.
However, passenger rail service on the line ended in 1968. The 1878 tobacco farm served as a summer retreat for tourists as early as the 1920s.