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Henderson County

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LAND AREA: 374.00 square miles
POPULATION:
106,740
White: 94,914
Black/African American: 3,224
American Indian: 449
Asian: 1,022
Pacific Islander: 178
Other: 4,934
Two or more races: 2,019
Hispanic/Latino: 10,424 (of any race)

From the 2010 Census, US Census Bureau.

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Geographic Information

REGION: Mountain
RIVER BASIN: Broad, French Broad
NEIGHBORING COUNTIES: Buncombe, Rutherford, Polk, Transylvania

Henderson County, NC

by Robert Blair Vocci, 2006

See also: Connemara.

Henderson County, located in North Carolina's Mountain region, was formed from Buncombe County in 1838. Like its county seat, Hendersonville (incorporated in 1847), the county takes its name from Leonard Henderson, chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1829 to 1833. Other Henderson County communities include Fletcher, Laurel Park, and Flat Rock.

Originally inhabited by the Cherokee, the site of modern-day Hendersonville was part of the early land grants west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Revolutionary War soldier William Mills, who settled his new property in 1787, is credited with establishing the foundations for the county and its principal city. Mills planted hundreds of fruit trees in the area, in addition to more typical crops, and today Henderson County leads the state in apple production. The county's modern economy depends more, however, on its tourist industry and retirement facilities than on agriculture. Visitors can enjoy a full range of outdoor activities-from hiking through the Pisgah National Forest to taking in the panoramic views from scenic overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway and other highways-while the county's tranquil setting and mild climate have earned it a place among the nation's top retirement destinations. Literary giant Carl Sandburg spent the last 22 years of his life in Flat Rock, and Connemara, his home and farm, are preserved as a historic site. Flatrock Playhouse, established in the early 1940s, is the official North Carolina State Theater. Henderson County had an estimated population of slightly more than 96,000 in 2004.

References:

The Heritage of Henderson County, North Carolina (1985-88).

Lenoir Ray, Postmarks: A History of Henderson County, North Carolina, 1787-1968 (1970).

Additional resources:

Henderson County Government: http://www.hendersoncountync.org/

Henderson County Tourism Development Authority: http://www.historichendersonville.org/

DigitalNC, Henderson County: http://digitalnc.org/counties/henderson-county

Image credits:

User submitted images, Flickr. (How you may contribute).

Rudersdorf, Amy. 2010. "NC County Maps." Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.

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