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The city of Hendersonville, North Carolina is located in Henderson County. It is named in honor of North Carolina Supreme Chief Justice Leonard Henderson, who served as Chief Justice from 1829 to 1833. Hendersonville was settled after the 1785 Treaty of Hopewell, which opened the region in the northeastern part of the county to European settlers. Many of the new settlers were veterans of the American Revolution who had been given land grants in lieu of money for their service. During the War Between the States, Hendersonville was the site of skirmishes between the local secessionists and union loyalists. Now and then, Union soldiers raided the town, looting and damaging property. The population flatlined during this time and was revived in the 1870s when the railroad came through town.

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