Introduction to Henderson, North Carolina
Henderson, North Carolina, in Vance county, is 36 miles NE of Durham, North Carolina (center to center) and 40 miles N ofRaleigh, North Carolina.The city contains a population of approximately 16,095.
Europeans began settling in this area in the early years of the 18th century. The town developed rapidly after the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad was completed in 1835. In 1841, Henderson received its official charter from the North Carolina General Assembly. It was named after Leonard Henderson, a former Supreme Court Chief Justice of North Carolina. Justice Leonard Henderson lived nearby and was a friend of Lewis Reavis, one of the early settlers.
Henderson and nearby Attractions
- Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
- Mineral and Lapidary Museum
- Vance County Historical Museum
- Henderson Country Club
- Henderson Institute Historical Museum
- Eaton-Johnson Park
Things To Do In Henderson
The Kerr Lake State Recreation Area offers facilities for a diverse array of outdoor activities including picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping, and hiking. Visitors interested in history will enjoy the Springfield Rosseechee Museum and its excellent collection of Indian artifacts and other items that explain the area's history. The local golf courses are well maintained and provide a pleasant playing experience.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport is less than one hour away by car.
Henderson Higher Education
Vance-Granville Community College is the local higher education institution. Other colleges in the neighborhood include Durham Technical Community College, North Carolina State University, and Shaw University.