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Hendersonville Opera House

Hendersonville and Henderson County A Pictorial History By Jody Barber and Louise Bailey
The City Hall and Opera House
Hendersonville and Henderson County
A Pictorial History
By Jody Barber and Louise Bailey

Hendersonville used to have a Romanesque Opera House on Main Street, where the Village Green Antique Mall is now.

There is an inscription on the building that is now Village Green Antique Mall at 424 N Main St in Hendersonville. Continue reading Hendersonville Opera House

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Warm Springs, Hot Springs and Boiling Springs, North Carolina

Mountain Park Hotel, Hot Springs, NC In the Land of the Sky
Mountain Park Hotel, Hot Springs, NC
In the Land of the Sky

Not far from Asheville is the town called Hot Springs. It is where Spring Creek runs into the French Broad River.

Native Americans were already enjoying the thermal springs when the first Europeans moved into the area. The first record of Europeans visiting the spring is 1778. It was called Warm Springs. A small town built up around it.

In 1791, William Neilson bought the spring from Jasper Dagy. He built an inn to house people visiting the springs. People would come and bathe in the spring as a health treatment. Continue reading Warm Springs, Hot Springs and Boiling Springs, North Carolina

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Lake Osceola, the Lake View Hotel and Camp Osceola for Boys

Lakeside Inn on Lake Osceola, Hendersonville, N.C.
Lakeside Inn on Lake Osceola, Hendersonville, N.C.

This is Lake Osceola. Osceola is an Indian name, but Seminole, not Cherokee. I read somewhere that a lot of our roads and lakes have Seminole Indian names because the earliest developers were from south Florida and re-used the names they had used there. If I find where I read that, I will try to remember to come back and put in the quote.

Lake Osceola, Hendersonville, N.C. “In the Land of the Sky” The second dam can be seen in the background of this photo.
Lake Osceola, Hendersonville, N.C. “In the Land of the Sky”
The second dam can be seen in the background of this photo.

The Osceola Lake Co. built an earthen dam here in 1908. They graded and prepared the land to create a lake covering 12 acres, 20 feet at the deepest.  They built a road to Main Street, Hendersonville. Continue reading Lake Osceola, the Lake View Hotel and Camp Osceola for Boys