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24 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — WESTERN NC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 1 HENDERSONVILLE the more than 110-year-old Historic Henderson County Courthouse houses the Henderson County Heritage Museum. A few blocks down the street, the Mineral and Lapidary Museum of Henderson County delves into the regions rocky past. It houses one of the nation's most diverse mineral deposits, some of which are more impressive than you might think — like the seven-foot- tall, 260-pound amethyst and the pieces from the nearly 12-pound, Hendersonville meteorite (the main mass resides at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.). History, here, grows even larger with castings of a tyrannosaurus rex skull, skeletons from one of the first and last sabertooth cats, mastodon tusk and teeth, and a six-foot-seven wooly mammoth leg bone. The museum also houses an array of artifacts from the Cherokee Indians, who have a storied past in Henderson County, dating back to the Archaic Period (about 2,000-plus years B.C.). Long before the explorers of the 14th and 15th centuries made their way to the North Carolina shore, the land that comprises greater Henderson County today was a place of neutrality for rival tribes. And it remained part of Cherokee territory until the 1785 Treaty of Hopewell forced them to give up their land rights. With time, Hendersonville's controversial heritage grew sweeter — and juicy. Today, Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in the state, home to more than 200 apple growers and the nearly 71-year-old North Carolina Apple Festival. The Labor Day weekend celebration features four days of live music, gem and mineral shows, apple orchard tours, and more than 200 vendors filling nine blocks of Main Street's sidewalks. In 2016, the affair was named one of the top-20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Where there's food, there's bears. Just one month after the apple fest, the town auctions off a sloth of hand- painted bear sculptures that overrun Main Street from May through October for the annual Bearfootin' Art Walk & Auction — an event that's raised more than $220,000 for local charities since it began in 2002. Churches, foundations and businesses sponsor the bears' creation each year. Past renditions have included a world-traveling "Amelia Bearheart," space-exploring "Live Long and Prosbear," and the Mardi Gras-ready "Jam-Bear-Laya." Whether you enjoy tiptoeing through the spring tulips, summer festivals and food, colorful autumn produce, or snow-topped mountain views, you'll find it here, in Hendersonville. [] 1.800.828.4244 v i s i t h e n d e r s o n v i l l e n c . o r g Look closely into the mountains of North Carolina and you'll discover a place unlike any other. Hendersonville calls out to all to seek out and explore new experiences year-round. Stroll through our downtown Main Street fi lled with boutiques and eateries or fi nd a trail that will take you to new heights in DuPont State Recreational Forest. Belly up to a cold brew at Sierra Nevada Brewery or indulge in regional wine tastings — it's all up to you!

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