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Henderson County

Henderson County is named for Leonard Henderson, who was the Chief Justice of North Carolina and lived from 1772 to 1833.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Buncombe County

E – Rutherford County and Polk County

S – Greenville County, South Carolina

W – Transylvania County


Created:  December 15, 1838                Map of North Carolina highlighting Henderson County

County Seat: 

Hendersonville  1838 – present


County Courthouse – Hendersonville 


Location:  200 North Grove Street / 2nd Avenue East

Built:  1994 – 1995

Style:  Modern Classical and Greek Revival

Architect:  Grier-Fripp Architects

Contractor:  M B Kahn Construction


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story gray colored stone and concrete  style structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hendersonville. The building has a portico on the west front supported by six columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The building is reduces in width to the wide main section on the east. In the interior is a central atruim with staicase and sklight. The building houses the County Superior Court and County District Court of the 29th Judicial District. 


Note:   The county is proceeding with the construction of a six story annex on the north side of the courthouse in 2024 to 2027. The architect is Fentress Architects.


Old County Courthouse – Hendersonville 



Location:  North Main Street / 2nd Avenue West

Built:  1904 – 1905

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Richard Sharp Smith

Contractor:  W F Edwards


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hendersonville. The building has a large extended portico supported by six large columns rising to a large pediment. The entrance is recessed with a long balcony on the second story. A protruding cornice runs above the second story windows. On the center of the building is a round dome with the Statue of Blind Justice at the top. In the interior, the first story has a transverse hall with octagonal circulation area. There are gray granite floors, brick finish wainscot, molded chair rail and transomed doors.  The courtroom has large round arch windows. The building was renovated in 2008 and will house the County Administration and County Museum.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Henderson County Courthouse


See:  The 29th Judicial District includes McDowell County, Polk County, Rutherford County and Transylvania County.


History:  The county was created in 1838 and Hendersonville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a a wood structure built in 1840.  The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1845. The third courthouse was constructed in 1904 to 1905 and is still standing. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1994 to 1995.


County Courthouse – Hendersonville

















Old County Courthouse – Hendersonville











Photos taken 2008 and 2012