We left Waxhaw and traveled to Hendersonville, NC located in the western North Carolina Mountains between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains. Hendersonville is twenty-two miles south of Asheville and fifteen miles north of the North Carolina/South Carolina border.
While in Hendersonville we enjoyed meeting Bill’s friend Alan, his wife, daughter and granddaughter for dinner. Many years ago Bill and Alan’s family attended the same church in Orlando, FL and Bill and Alan were leaders in the same Boy Scout troop.
Bill and I enjoyed exploring Hendersonville. Inside the Hendersonville City Hall were very nice statues of General Andrew Jackson, James Knox Polk (11th President and born in NC) and Andrew Johnson (17th President and born in NC). Johnson was the only sitting senator from a Confederate state who stood with the Union and did not join the Confederate States of the Union. He became President when Lincoln was assassinated.
The Hendersonville County Courthouse, built in 1905, has atop its copper dome a six foot statue of “Lady Justice”. The statue is the Greek Goddess Themis, goddess of divine justice and law. She does not have a blindfold and is holding a sword in her right hand and scales in her left. It is believed this is one of only three statues of Themis in the United States without a blindfold. The blindfold is meant to show that Justice should be impartial.
We drove to Jump Off Rock which has a scenic overlook of the Blue Ridge and Pisgah mountain ranges. There is an Indian Legend about Jump Off Rock which says that over 300 years ago a young Cherokee Indian Chief fell in love with an Indian maiden. They would often meet on top of the rock ledge. When the Chief went off to war, the maiden promised him she would wait for him at the rocky ledge. When she received news he had been killed in battle, she jumped off the rock. Her body was found by tribal hunters below. Indian legend says that on moonlit nights you can see the ghost of the Indian maiden on Jump Off Rock.
Another day we visited DuPont State Recreational Forest. Many scenes from the movies “The Hunger Games”, “The Last of the Mohicans” and “Max” were filmed in this park. We hiked to High Falls.
We also hiked to Triple Falls.
Scenes from “The Hunger Games” and “The Last of the Mohicans” were filmed at Triple Falls.
The days are warm and the nights cool. We still are not seeing much fall foliage to our disappointment.