However, passenger rail service on the line ended in 1968. The 1878 tobacco farm served as a summer retreat for tourists as early as the 1920s.

Admission is free, while guided tours are and .

Much downtown revitalization has occurred since the early 1990s. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.0 square miles (16 km of 2000, there were 13,137 people across 5,920 households in the city.

Larger stores are almost entirely along the commercial strips extending outward from the downtown along U. The population density was 2,189.5 people per square mile (853.0/kmĀ²).

It sits in the heart of the Main Street Historic District. To the east of Main Street is the 1902-16 Hendersonville Rail Road Station, at 7th Avenue and Maple Street in the Seventh Avenue Depot District. It includes the Italian marble angel statue that served as the inspiration for Thomas Wolfe's first novel, Look Homeward, Angel (1929).

Southern Railway opened the line in 1879, a full year before that of Asheville. North of Main Street is the Historic Johnson Farm at 3346 Haywood Road.

The Western North Carolina Air Museum, featuring airplanes of a bygone era, is near the small Hendersonville Airport at the corner of Gilbert Street and Brooklyn Avenue between Hendersonville and Flat Rock. Five miles west of downtown Hendersonville is Jump Off Rock atop Jump Off Mountain.

This popular scenic overlook provides a panorama of the Pisgah and Blue Ridge mountains.

The city is also home to the newly restored City Hall (erected 1924) and the modern Henderson County Courthouse (1995).

The architectural focus of the downtown area is the Historic Henderson County Courthouse, completed in 1905 and completely renovated in 2008.

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Dating to shortly after the founding of Henderson County in 1838, Hendersonville is traditionally known as "The City of Four Seasons". The largest street festival of the Hendersonville calendar is the annual North Carolina Apple Festival, culminating in the Apple Parade that regularly draws up to 50,000 spectators.

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