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“Small museum that is worth a visit - Free”

Henderson Heritage Museum
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Owner description: On your journey we want you to visit with the people, learn of their contributions, and reflect on milestone events that helped shape their lives and Henderson County, North Carolina. We would like for you to view “evidences of yesterday” that will remind you of the heritage that has been the legacy of this county’s pioneers. Colorful exhibits, diorama, educational programs, research, and collections reflect how the people of this county responded to their cultural, educational, political, and natural environments. This Museum collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits a collection of historical and cultural artifacts. The process takes many shapes, forms, and media. This museum, found within the Henderson County Historic Courthouse, seeks to preserve history and a sense of place. Consisting of six rooms, approximately 2000 square feet, the Museum spaces are designed for flexibility, capability, and versatility.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Jacksonville, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
267 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Small museum that is worth a visit - Free”
Reviewed 9 January 2014

Lots of interesting information about the locals of Hendersonville and their contributions to the local railroad system and beyond. I think it's wonderful that they showcase local people who have fought in the past wars all the way to the current war. Lots of pride and well deserved. There are also some really fascinating artifacts from the past wars on display. There is also a room set up like an old fashioned store that has some interesting things on display and takes you back to that time. Not a huge museum but definitely worth a visit. Shouldn't take longer than an hour or two and is a nice way to spend some time inside on a cold day.

Visited January 2014
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Hendersonville, NC
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent Small Museum”
Reviewed 2 January 2014

This is a great place to go to get a feel for this history of the area. Exhibits are authentic and are rotated regularly, so it's good to check back from time to time. The gift shop is a good source of local books.

Visited December 2013
Thank RimeIce
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East Syracuse, New York
Level 6 Contributor
437 reviews
243 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
“An impressive Gem of a museum.”
Reviewed 26 December 2013

A number of rooms make up the museum. The first room to check is the Bo Thomas-The Coming of the Railroad. THis is about the railroad system in the Hendersonville area. The room contains a large glass case with a minature train. The time period is the early 40's or possibly late 30's. The track starts out in the country working toward Hendersonville. The railrs go through hills, valleys, along a lake, curves, pass farms, a boating & swimming area, a lumber yard, Hendersonville train station ending in the village of Hendersonville. A numberr of photos were taken before I discovered that NO PHOTOGRAPHY is permitted in any room.

The Perry Rudnick Foundation Room is from 1860-1920. This room mostly focuses on the Civil War. In glass cases are Confederate & Union uniforms, pistols & rifles, sabres, & a campsite. One case is all about the Confederate cavalry.

The Historic Heritage Corrridor deals with WW1. THis includes the trench warfare in France.

The Louise Howe Baily Room is from 1940 up to the present. All wars from 1941 to the war on terrorism. A visitor can watch videos & listen to audio recording of Henderson County veterans. The Korean War tells about the harsh living condition the U.S. forces had to deal with. The Vietnam War is how the U.S. won most land battles, but lost the strategic part. The War on Terrorism is how the county's mem & women responded after September 11, 2001 and the fighting in Iraq & Afghanistan.

The last room is the Champion Hill Club Room. This is a new exhibit called Golden Ages:The Shepard Stone Recreation, about a turn of the century country store.

The museum has much Henderson County history. I enjoyed each room, with the only drawback being NO photography being allowed.

Admission is FREE.

Hours of operation.
Wednesday-Saturday 10:00-5:00.
Sunday 11:00-5:00.

If a visitor reads & views all rooms, a tour wiil about 45 minutes.
I recommend a visit.

Jack L., Syracuse, New York.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Jack L
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Saluda, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
186 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Best Museum in Western Carolinas”
Reviewed 29 November 2013 via mobile

This museum is free but has a large collection of artifacts and interesting photographs. The railroad history of the Saluda Grade is really extensive. Plan to spend more than an hour.

Thank Fast F
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
180 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Very interesting-very friendly”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

The railroad exhibit pertaining to the local "Saluda Grade" which was the steepest railroad grade east of the Mississippi. The other rooms house war memorabilia from the Civil War through current times. Well done.

Visited November 2013
Thank Wendy B
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