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Historic Downtown Hendersonville

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Downtown Hendersonville was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in March of 1988. Thriving businesses such as specialty shops, antique stores and restaurants offer something for everyone of all ages. The historic district offers the visitor traditional southern hometown charm. Downtown hosts many activities including the NC Apple Festival held during Labor Day weekend, as well as, art shows, an antique show, car shows, and parades throughout the year.

Flat Rock Playhouse, State Theater of North Carolina

www.flatrockplayhouse.org

The Playhouse is considered one "Top Ten Theaters in the Country." A wonderful escape from life's hectic pace, the Playhouse offers quality entertainment rarely found so far from Broadway. The Playhouse is open from mid-May through mid-October, plus holiday productions, presenting matinees and evening performances Wednesday through Sunday.

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Situated on 8,000 acres, Biltmore House is the largest privately owned home in America. It was built by George Vanderbilt and was completed in 1895. Today, the estate encompasses the house, gardens, restaurants, gift shops, stables, inn, and winery. 1-800-543-2961

www.blueridgeparkway.com

The Blue Ridge Parkway follows the mountain ridges from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. The Parkway’s 469 toll-free miles combine an awesome natural beauty, mountain forests, wildlife, wildflowers, and magnificent views.

www.dupontforest.com

The forest encompasses more than 10,000 acres in Henderson and Transylvania counties. It is situated on a plateau of the Little River valley, with waterfalls and rolling land bordered by moderately steep hills and mountains. Home of Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, High Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls, the forest is presently open to the public for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and fishing (NC fishing license required). Hunting allowed by special permit only. 1-828-251-6509.

Carl Sandburg Home

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Carl Sandburg, American poet, historian, author, and lecturer spent the final 22 years of his long and productive life at his estate, Connemara, in Flat Rock, NC. Today this National Historic Site offers a keen insight on Mr. Sandburg, his family and their 264 acre working farm. The Sandburg Home was built in 1838 and now houses his collection of 10,000 books, notes and papers. There are numerous hiking trails and a functional goat barn, where Mrs. Sandburg raised her prize winning goats.

www.wildwnc.org

The WNC Nature Center is 40 acres of animals in their native habitats. It provides an opportunity to learn, to touch and to know our rich natural heritage through educational and interactive exhibits.

www.ncarboretum.org

The NC Arboretum is a 434-acre public garden in the Pisgah National Forest, located at the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway on Highway 191. Surrounded by the dense folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, the Arboretum is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural garden settings in America.

www.biltmorevillage.com

One of the Carolinas' most fascinating, unique and enjoyable shopping environments, Historic Biltmore Village features more than 40 shops, restaurants and galleries, each housed in historic 1900-era homes and buildings.

With over 30 independent galleries and more than 100 retail shops, downtown Asheville is a shopper's paradise. Every street leads to a treasure-trove of uncommon businesses that could only flourish in Asheville. Handmade Appalachian baskets. Vegan pocketbooks. Furniture carved entirely from one tree.  Jams, jellies and preserves so fresh that you can practically see the farmers picking the fruit off the vine. This area specializes in the unusual and one-of-a-kind.

www.chimneyrockpark.com

Chimney Rock Park is a natural attraction covering 1000 acres. On a clear day, the awesome view spans as far as King’s Mountain, 75 miles to the east beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can take the elevator 26 stories inside the rock to reach the top of the Chimney and the trails. 1-800-277-9611

St. John in the Wilderness

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St. John in the Wilderness was built as a private chapel in 1833 and offers a unique perspective of prominent families in southern and national history. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Many well-known members of southern aristocracy have family plots in the churchyard; those names include: Christopher Memminger, first secretary of the Confederate treasury; members of the families of three signers of the Declaration of Independence; Edward P. King, the World War II General who led the infamous Bataan death march. The church and graveyard are open Tues. - Sun. from 9:00AM-4:00PM for visitation.

Wolfe's Angel

Author Thomas Wolfe’s first novel was Look Homeward, Angel. In the book there are constant references to an angel statue carved from Italian marble. This is the angel Wolfe placed in American literature. Thomas Wolfe’s father, W.O. Wolfe, sold the statue to the Johnson family to mark the family plot in Oakdale Cemetery. The angel is holding a lily in her left hand and extending her right hand upward. Oakdale Cemetery is located on Hwy. 64 W., just a short distance from downtown Hendersonville.

Jump Off Rock

Jump Off Rock is a scenic overlook which provides a panoramic view of rolling pastures, the Blue Ridge and Pisgah mountain ranges. Jump Off Rock also holds an Indian legend that has been passed down for many, many years. Over 300 years ago a young Cherokee Indian maiden received word that her young Indian Chief had been killed in battle, so she climbed to the edge of the rock and jumped off. Indian legend has it that on moonlit nights you can see the ghost of the maiden on Jump Off Rock. Jump Off is located about 5 miles from downtown at the end of Laurel Park Hwy in the Town of Laurel Park. The park is open daily, sunrise to sunset. No admission charge.