The Mineral & Lapidary Museum of Henderson County was established in 1997, housing exhibits from North Carolina, the Smithsonian, English minerals, Indian artifacts, a specialty of a single mineral, fossils, fluorescent minerals and gems.
The Museums exhibits include the Hendersonville Meteorite, North Carolina Minerals, Flourescent Minerals, replicas of Famous Diamonds of the World, displays of Lapidary Arts, and Fossils and Mineral Specimens, plus a large skeletal replica of a T-Rex Dinosaur Head. Cracking a geode to find a "treasure" of crystals is the most popular activity.
The museum is open Monday-Friday 1pm-5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission is free. The museum is located at 400 North Main Street, on the lower level of the Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society building. For additional information call (828) 698-1977. www.mineralmuseum.org
Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society was f ounded in 1983, the Society assists researchers and historians using a reference library of over 2000 books on history and genealogy of North and South Carolina and other states. The society houses a large collection on New England and Mayflower descendants, county census and estate records, maps, and numerous family histories. 400 North Main Street. The Society is open Mon.-Fri. 10am-4pm, Sat. by appointment only. For additional information call (828) 693-1531.
The McClintock Chime Clock - Attached to the Old State Trust Co. building, now the Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society, located on the corner of 4th and Main Street, this unique clock was installed in 1923. The clock was restored by the WNC Chapter of the National Association of Clock and Watch Collectors.