The mayor of Hendersonville recently declared it to be "The Friendliest City for Retirees in America!" We think it’s pretty friendly to most everybody. During sweltering summers in the 1800s, residents from the Low Country of South Carolina would journey up the mountain to find relief in the cool air. There were so many Charlestonians that spent summers here that it became known as Little Charleston.
It is often said, "you can’t go home again." In fact, Thomas Wolfe from nearby Asheville wrote a book about it and was further inspired by an Italian marble angel in Oakdale Cemetery to pen Look Homeward Angel.
Walking just a short distance down Main Street, you’ll feel right at home in Downtown Hendersonville. And you’ll be walking in the footsteps of many famous visitors like George Vanderbilt, who stayed in Hendersonville part of the time while the Biltmore Estate was being built. Built in 1905, The Syndicate Building has hosted civic groups, shoppers, and even hosted a "turkey drop," and today it extends an invitation to you to wander back in time.
Therefore Be It Resolved, the New Year is Here
Have you ever wondered where the practice of making New Year’s Resolutions started? According to History.com, it’s a practice that’s at least 4,000 years old. The Babylonians made promises to the gods to pay their debts and to return items they had borrowed to curry favor. The Romans changed the calendar to start the New Year in January, named for the god Janus, who had two faces – one looking into the past and the other focused on the future.Read More
2019's Top 13 Gift Ideas
The holidays – it’s a time when lots of questions are asked. How do reindeer fly? How does Santa visit everybody’s house all on one night? And what would be a good thing to get John, Susan, and Beth? While the answers to the first two questions will require a lot of research and debate, Mast Store has the answers to the last question. Here are our top 13 gift ideas for 2019.Read More
Fall Foliage Primer - November 6, 2019
This is the final Fall Foliage Primer of the year. It looks like Knoxville, Greenville, and Hendersonville still have some locations of high color. Other reporting spots - Boone/Valle Crucis, Asheville, and Waynesville - have some spotty color (particularly Oaks, which are in their glory right now, and some Maples). There are still lots of activities to get out and enjoy, too. Check out what our reporters have to suggest as well bid you a fond farewell until next year.Read More
If we said the words “The Syndicate,” what would you think? Whoa, not that! How about the home of the Mast Store in Hendersonville? When it was built, it was called “The Syndicate Building.” Its been the home of many retailers and a benevolent society.
*Photo: Maxwells Fancy Grocery in Downtown Hendersonville circa 1910, in the Syndicate Building. From the Barber Collection.