Before it was a thriving county in Western NC, Henderson County primarily served as Native American hunting grounds and part of a trading path.
The first-ever North Carolina Apple Blossom Festival took place in 1947. Its name later changed to the NC Apple Festival and is now the premier destination for apple picking in North Carolina.
In 1997, the area’s DuPont silicon plant closed. Some of the land owned by the company was sold to the State of North Carolina. The land was transformed into DuPont State Recreational Forest, managed by the North Carolina Forest Service.