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Main Street Walking Tour
- The tour starts at the Visitors Information Center, 201 South Main Street. Park your car in the Visitors Information Center parking lot, on foot head north to Historic Downtown Hendersonville.

Main Street - Downtown Hendersonville was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in March of 1988. The serpentine street features planter boxes brimming with seasonal flowers and trees. Thriving businesses such as specialty shops, antique stores and restaurants offer something for everyone of all ages.

Walk one block to the Historic Henderson County Courthouse, located between First & Second Avenues.

Historic Henderson County Courthouse - The Courthouse was built in 1904 to replace to first courthouse, which was built on the same site in 1842. The Historic Courthouse currently houses Henderson County government offices.

The Henderson County Heritage Museum is housed in the Historic Henderson County Courthouse. The Museum offers galleries, displays, artifacts, collections, archives, libraries, demonstrations, performances and other similar exhibitions relating to the history, culture, heritage and story of Henderson County. The Henderson County Heritage Museum hours are Wednesday - Saturday from 10:00AM - 5:00 PM and Sunday 1:00PM - 5:00PM.           

Continue north two blocks to the Mineral & Lapidary Museum of Henderson County, located on the east corner of Fourth Avenue.

The Mineral & Lapidary Museum of Henderson County - The Mineral & Lapidary Museum of Henderson County was established in 1997, housing exhibits from North Carolina, English minerals, Indian artifacts, a specialty of a single mineral, fossils, fluorescent minerals and gems. The museum is open Monday-Friday 1pm-5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission is free. The museum is located at 400 North Main Street, on the lower level of the Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society building.

Proceed north to the next block to the Skyland Hotel, located on the corner of Main Street and Sixth Avenue.

The Skyland Hotel was built in 1929. During the fall of 1935, author F. Scott Fitzgerald lived in the hotel, while his wife, Zelda was a patient at Highland Hospital in Asheville. This was Fitzgerald's home when he penned short stories for Esquire, Redbook and the Saturday Evening Post. The period lobby decor has been preserved. Today the hotel houses condominiums.

Head south when leaving the Skyland Hotel, walk 4 blocks and turn right onto Second Avenue and go one block to the Henderson County Curb Market, located on the right corner of Church Street and Second Avenue.

Cross Main Street at the corner of Sixth Avenue to the visit Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium, near Mast General Store.

Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium - offers a public aquarium with 20+  displays showcasing eels, sting rays, sea horses, and bamboo sharks.  Participate in creative ocean classes in the Ocean Learning Lab or as outreach. Aquarium hours are Wednesday through Saturday 1-5 pm., closed on Sunday and Monday.  Admission is $3.00 p/p for ages 4- 80 yrs and Wednesday special price for the young at heart (ages 60 – 80 yrs) .   

Travel south on Main Street to Second Avenue and turn right, travel 1 block, the Curb Market is on the Corner of 2nd Avenue and Church Street.

Henderson County Farmers Curb Market - The Henderson County Curb Market is a unique farmers market requiring sellers to be residents of Henderson County. All items sold at the market must be either hand-made or locally grown. Vendors offering a variety of goods such as: crafts, baked goods, jellies, plants, flowers, toys, and produce. The Curb Market's hours are 8:00AM-2:00PM Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from May- December, and Tuesday & Saturday January-April.

Travel back to Main Street and turn right (south) two blocks to the Visitors Information Center.