As one of the original 13 colonies, North Carolina was the 12th state admitted to the union on November 21, 1789. With the state being more than 220 years old, it is obvious that North Carolina history is rich with interesting information. Fortunately, various places in the state have done an excellent job of preserving that history in order to pass it along for generations to come. That fact is shown by the nearly 500 NC museums that are scattered from the mountains, through the foothills, and to the coast. One of the hundreds of museums that you should check out is the Henderson County Heritage Museum in downtown Hendersonville, NC.
The Henderson County museum is located in the Historic Courthouse that has been restored downtown. This museum is dedicated to operating a heritage and history museum that showcases Henderson Country throughout the years. This unique history is displayed using a variety of methods, including educational programs, creative exhibits, and dioramas. These different displays are located in the six different rooms of the museum.
One of the featured exhibits in the Henderson County Heritage Museum pertains to the American Civil War. You will be able to see different flags, uniforms, and weapons that were used during the war. Another one of the exhibits in the museum features the importance of the railroad in the region. This includes a model railroad as well as videos about and artifacts from the old railroad.
The museum is faithful to its mission of passing the history down to future generations by providing several ways to make the experience fun for children. The museum is always up for a group of kids, and will give tours to families as well as classes from school.
Once you have taken your trip through the museum, you will want to stop by the gift shop before you depart. Here you will be able to buy many items relating to the history of the area, and you will also be able to take a look at a historic Gillespie Rifle. If you want to continue to learning about Henderson County when you leave, there is also the option to purchase different books that will fill you in on anything you might have missed during your tour.
You can visit the museum Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Located right on the border of Henderson and Polk Counties is the small town of Saluda, NC. That is where you will find The Orchard Inn – the perfect place for you to spend the night after touring the Henderson County Heritage Museum during the day. The Orchard Inn is a member of Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America, meaning your stay will be nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy your meals while soaking in the picturesque mountain views, and choose from one of the 14 luxurious accommodations for your stay. Between the food, the views, the rooms, and the service, you are sure to leave The Orchard Inn a happy customer.