Henderson County North Carolina, was settled in the 1700s on Cherokee hunting grounds. The 375 square mile fertile high plateau became home to Scotch-Irish, Welsh and English pioneers. In the early 1800s Hendersonville and Flat Rock became a summer resort for wealthy South Carolina planters escaping the heat of the “low country”. The tradition continues today with Hendersonville’s pleasant summers and mild winters attracting year-round residents as well as summer visitors. Henderson County’s population is approximately 100,000. The City of Hendersonville is the county seat with approximately 12,000 population. Average elevation is 2,200 feet with the highest point, Little Pisgah Mountain, at 5,240 feet. The county economy is based primarily upon diversified manufacturing, agriculture and tourism.
Historic Hendersonville (historichendersonville.org) is included in the National Register of Historic Places, and Hendersonville is replete with antique shops, boutiques, an old general store, cafes, numerous restaurants, bakery, museums, farmers’ market, and so much more. Downtown Hendersonville has over 150 shops and 7 major banks all within easy walking distance. With historic architecture dating back to the late 1800s, Hendersonville has a southern charm aiding in its special designation as a “Main Street USA.”
Hendersonville Education and Entertainment
The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (nps.gov) (15 minutes from Cummings Cove): Carl Sandburg, the internationally renowned poet, biographer, lecturer, columnist, folksinger, author of American fairytales, and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, made his last home in Flat Rock, North Carolina located just minutes from Hendersonville. From 1945 until his death in 1967, Sandburg lived and worked on his 264 acre farm, Connemara, writing, lecturing, and publishing. More than one third of his body of work was produced in Flat Rock. His wife, Paula Sandburg, achieved national prominence with her Chikaming herd of 200 prize winning goats. Managed by the National Park Service, the property is open to the public daily except on Christmas, and visitors may view Sandburg’s library of over 10,000 books and personal papers. Enjoy the hiking trails, working goat barn, lectures and picnic area.
The Flat Rock Playhouse (flatrockplayhouse.org) (15 minutes from Cummings Cove): Designated the State Theater of North Carolina, The Flat Rock Playhouse features an eight month season of plays, including Broadway musicals, comedy, drama and children’s theater. Considered one of the top ten seasonal theaters in the United States, The Flat Rock Playhouse attracts actors from Broadway, film and television. In addition to Flat Rock’s professional theater, there are community theater groups and a film society.
The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (hendersonvillesymphony.org): Celebrating over 35 years as a professional symphony orchestra, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra employs 70 musicians who perform a six-concert season. The orchestra also provides musical enrichment and education programs as well as scholarships for area youths.
The Opportunity House (opportunityhouse.org) (15 minutes from Cummings Cove): The Opportunity House is a membership-based, non-profit organization for cultural, social and educational pursuits. It was founded in 1958 by retirees interested in physical fitness, arts and crafts. Best known for its on-going bridge lessons and tournaments, some residents relocate to Hendersonville just to study and play bridge at The Opportunity House. Today for a modest annual membership fee, members participate in a variety of pursuits, ranging from ballroom dancing to bridge, lapidary, pottery, stained glass, chess, weaving and you name it. If there is an interest, The Opportunity House is the place to pursue that interest.
Blue Ridge Community College (brcc.edu), a two year community college with a continuing education program, is a vital part of Henderson and Transylvania Counties. With campuses in both Brevard and Flat Rock, Cummings Cove is conveniently located mid-way between the two campuses. The Center for LifeLong Learning offers courses in history, science, gardening, humor, music, health and wellness, political perspectives, literature and antiquing. Short trips are offered to waterfalls, theaters in North Carolina and nearby states, museums, behind the scenes at city and county facilities, canoeing, picnics, rafting and educational retreats.
Henderson County Public Library (henderson.lib.nc.us): With a main library and 5 branches (one is 5 minutes from Cummings Cove), Henderson County boasts one of the highest circulations in the state and is the center for many exhibitions, lectures, literary and film programs. The Friends of The Library have over 2,000 members. The Friends purchased their own building in 2006 to collect and sell used books, raising over $100,000 annually for the Library’s special programs fund.
The Kellogg Center for Creativity and Design (kelloggcenter.org) has 2,460 square feet of galleries featuring the work of professional artists and the faculty and students of the three UNC mountain campuses: UNC Asheville, Appalachian State University, and Western Carolina University. Other exhibits and lectures provide an educational focus to the craft heritage and design of Western North Carolina. The Institute for Applied Philosophy and UNC Asheville’s Philosophy Department sponsor monthly lectures to discuss philosophically significant issues.
The Arts Center of Henderson County and The Art League sponsor many exhibitions, lectures and educational programs as well as an annual artfest on Main Street.
The Times-News (hendersonvillenews.com), a New York Times affiliate, is the daily newspaper with two radio stations (WHKP and WTZQ) and Morris Broadband cable television comprising Hendersonville media.
Hendersonville Sightseeing & Nearby Wonders
The French Broad River, third oldest river in the world, adjoins Cummings Cove as it flows north from Rosman on its journey through Asheville to Tennessee. Various rafting companies offer river trips for a delightful day of canoeing, rafting, kayaking or tubing. The river is especially scenic as it flows through the Biltmore Estate.
JUMP OFF ROCK is a scenic overlook not to be missed just 10 minutes from Cummings Cove. It provides a panoramic view of rolling pastures, the Blue Ridge and Pisgah Mountains and Cummings Cove.
The DuPont State Forest (dupontforest.com), beginning only a few miles from Cummings Cove, includes more than 10,000 acres of forest, trails, and waterfalls between Hendersonville and Brevard, North Carolina. Some popular points of interest with easy access are Hooker Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Fawn Lake and Stone Mountain. Take a picnic, plenty of water and enjoy unsurpassed natural beauty just minutes from your home.
Sliding Rock is a naturally occurring 60-foot waterslide with a 7-foot deep pool that was developed by the United States Forest Service into a recreation area. Enjoy the slide yourself or watch others from an observation deck.
Chimney Rock State Park (chimneyrockpark.com) (Highway 64/74A, Chimney Rock – 30 minutes from Cummings Cove): With its incomparable dramatic scenery and mild climate, North Carolina has become the number three film-making state in the country. Understandably, Chimney Rock’s spectacular vistas have attracted the filmmakers of The Last of the Mohicans, Firestarter and A Breed Apart. The park features a 26 story elevator ride to 75-mile views, 1,000 acres of hiking trails, a 404-foot waterfall, and a variety of special events.
Lake Lure: A scenic thirty minute drive from Hendersonville, Lake Lure and the nostalgic, newly-restored 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa makes a delightful day trip. With its lovely beach, cruise boats, and marina, it is no surprise that this site was chosen for the film Dirty Dancing.
Hendersonville Community Services & Shopping
Pardee Hospital (pardeehospital.org) is a not-for-profit hospital, located in Hendersonville (10 minutes from Cummings Cove), licensed for 222 acute care beds. In addition to the hospital, Pardee has a 130-bed nursing facility, an adult day care center, home health services, a health education center, a rehab and sports therapy complex, a women’s health center, an urgent care facility and several family and internal medicine practices. Pardee ranks in the top ten percent of hospitals in the United States for joint replacement surgery and stroke care, according to a comprehensive study by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading healthcare ratings company.
Park Ridge Hospital (parkridgehospital.org) is a not-for-profit acute care facility licensed for 103 acute care beds. The hospital is one of 37 in the United States belonging to the Adventist Health System. With 200 physicians and over 900 employees, Park Ridge Hospital is known for providing quality personalized care with a special emphasis on wellness and preventive medicine.
Asheville Regional Airport (flyavl.com) (15 minutes from Cummings Cove) offers flights on Continental, Delta, Northwest and USAir carriers. The airport provides long-term parking and airport transport service. Alternative airports are Greenville-Spartanburg (less than an hour’s drive) and for international travel – Charlotte-Douglass International Airport (a little over an hour’s drive).
In addition to Downtown Hendersonville shops, shopping centers and malls are within 5 to 20 minutes of Cummings Cove. Nearby villages of Etowah and Horse Shoe fulfill day-to-day needs for shopping within an easy 5 minute drive. The Blue Ridge Shopping Mall and Highlands Square in Hendersonville offer major department stores and national chain stores. Two large-scale shopping centers in Asheville are within 30 minutes drive.