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Hendersonville's Historical Timeline

Hendersonville's Historical Timeline

The timeline below was typed by an unknown author circa 1967.

Early street names:
1st Avenue - Chestnut Street
2nd Avenue - Aspen Street
3rd Avenue - College Street
4th Avenue - Academy Street
5th Avenue - Broad Street
6th Avenue - Shaws Creek
7th Avenue - Anderson or Depot Street


1838    Henderson County formed

1841    Land donated by Judge Mitchell King (50 acres) and John Johnson & James Brittain (29 acres) for county seat

1841    Drake's store built Chestnut Street (1st Avenue) and Main Street

1842    Hotel owned by Valentine Ripley on the West Side of Main Street between Aspen Street (2nd Avenue) and College (3rd Avenue)

1842    Courthouse constructed between Chestnut Street (1st Avenue) and Aspen (2nd Avenue) on the west side of Main Street

1847    Charter for town of Hendersonville

1847    Col. Ripley builds stone building on the southwest corner of Main Street and Chestnut Street (1st Avenue)

1854    Judge King gives land for schools on Academy Street (4th Avenue)

1855    First newspaper, The Carolina Baptist, published

1861    Judson College built

1882    First mayor Dr. T.A. Allen

1879    Railroad comes to Hendersonville

1880s   First bank opens in what will later be Rose Pharmacy

1884    Baker sets up photo & art gallery at Drake's store

1893    Town Hall and Opera House built on east side of Main Street between Academy Street (4th Avenue) and Broad Street (5th Avenue)

1895    Wheeler Hotel built (where Bruce Drysdale now sits)

1903    Dummy Line runs from Main Street, out Broad Street (5th Avenue) to Crystal Spring in Laural Park

1903    Electricity available in city

1904    Current courthouse built (Richard Sharp Smith, architect)

1904    Telephone exchange in Rose Building

1904    Home delivery of mail

1911    The 4th Avenue School, later called Rosa Edwards School, built

1913    Patton Hospital opens on Highland Avenue

1913    William Jennings Bryan speaks at Rosa Edwards Chautauqua Auditorium

1914    Fifteen livery stables in town

1914    Library established on King Street and 4th Avenue East

1914    Post office built in Federal Building (4th Avenue and Church Street)

1915    Six churches in town

1915    Grey Hosiery Mill opens

1923    Balfour Mills, later Berkeley Mills, opens

1926    Hendersonville High School built

1928    Current City Hall built

1929    Skyland Hotel opens

1934    Union Negro School on 6th Avenue West built

1946    Parking meters appear on Main Street

1950    Ninth Avenue School built

1953    Pardee Hospital opens

1954    General Electric opens

1958    Bruce Drysdale opens

1966    Post office moves to Fifth Avenue West

1967    I-26 built

1967    Grey Hosiery Mill closes

1968    Last regular passenger train stops in Hendersonville

1970    New library on Washington Street

1975    Jackson Park opened

1977    Serpentine on Main Street