Historical Markers in
Henderson County, North Carolina

North Carolina was one of the original 13 colonies and was the first state to declare independence from England's Crown.

Henderson County, located in the western part of North Carolina, has a rich and diverse history dating back thousands of years. The region was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Cherokee Nation, who revered the area for its fertile land and abundant natural resources.

European settlement in the area began in the late 18th century, when pioneers began to establish homesteads and farms. The county was officially formed in 1838 and named after Supreme Court Chief Justice Leonard Henderson. Hendersonville, the county seat, quickly became a center for trade and commerce, thanks to its strategic location along major transportation routes.

In the mid-19th century, the arrival of the railroad spurred economic growth in Henderson County, particularly in the agriculture industry. The county embraced apple cultivation and soon became known as the "Apple Capital of North Carolina." The apples grown in Henderson County were highly sought after and helped solidify the region's reputation as a major agricultural hub.

Over the years, Henderson County has continued to evolve and thrive. In the early 20th century, the county saw the establishment of several educational institutions, including Blue Ridge Community College and Hendersonville High School. Today, Henderson County's economy is supported by a diverse range of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, tourism, and agriculture.

Throughout its history, Henderson County has remained a place of natural beauty and cultural significance. Its stunning landscapes, charming small towns, and vibrant community make it a beloved destination for residents and visitors alike.

  • 1838 - Henderson County is established.
  • 1841 - The county seat is established in Hendersonville.
  • 1861-1865 - Henderson County residents serve in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.
  • 1895 - The Asheville and Spartanburg Railroad is completed, connecting Henderson County to the rail network.
  • 1901 - The Pisgah National Forest is established, protecting large areas of land in Henderson County.
  • 1905 - The Henderson County Courthouse is built.
  • 1925 - The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is established.
  • 1934 - Construction begins on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which intersects Henderson County.
  • 1961 - The Henderson County Public Library is established.
  • 1992 - The Dupont State Forest is established, providing recreational opportunities.