Historic Downtown Hendersonville was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in March of 1988. It has become a vital part of the community’s economic and cultural growth. The serpentine street features planter boxes brimming with seasonal flowers and trees. Thriving businesses such as specialty shops, antique stores, galleries, museums 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.
Bearfootin' in Downtown Hendersonville has been a highly popular public art display. The bears are sponsored by area businesses and are colorfully decorated in different themes by area artists. The bears reside on the sidewalks of Downtown, along with trees, planters of flowers, and benches in a beautiful park-like setting. This successful art exhibit has entertained people of all ages.
Downtown Hendersonville has been a part of the National Main Program since 1986. The National Main Street Program is under the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is administered by the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The Main Street Program promotes preservation and revitalization of downtown districts and their architectural heritage.
Main Street offers free Wi-Fi internet access from Allen Street to Seventh Avenue. For additional informatio call the Main Street Program at (828) 233-3216. www.downtownhendersonville.org