Historic Depot District Guided History Walk

Friday, September 25, 2020

On Friday, Sept. 25, meander through this historic part of town encircling the old Railroad Depot.  When the first steam locomotive arrived in Hendersonville on July 4, 1879, crammed with tourists and visitors from the low country of South Carolina, it was the beginning of an exciting era of big-band music, dancing, numerous inns and hotels, much real estate trading, and huge agricultural growth.  Money was made and lost, famous musicians and sports figures came calling, delicious food was enjoyed at every inn and boarding house … Hendersonville was in its hey-day from that moment until the financial crash of 1929. This neighborhood boasted many businesses run by Black and white owners.  Let’s hear about it.  The walk will start at 10 a.m. at the front steps of City Hall, corner of Fifth Avenue E. and King St.

Cost for each tour is $10 per person 10 years and older.  Children under 10 are free with a paid adult. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, space is limited and reservations are required. Participants should wear a cloth face covering.  To make reservations or for more information, phone Padgett at 828-545-3179 or email maryjo@maryjopadgett.com.  Visit maryjopadgett.com and click on Guided Walks for a complete schedule.     

Now in its sixth year, Hendersonville Guided History Walks offers 90-plus minute walks in three historic areas of town:  along Main Street (Friday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m.), in Oakdale Cemetery (Friday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m.), and in the 7th Avenue Historic Depot District (Friday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.).

City Hall