The Retreat - Environment
Long John Mountain has both deciduous and coniferous trees, flowers and bushes. There are deer, bobcats, rabbits and other animals; wild turkeys, cardinals, red-tailed hawks, pileated woodpeckers and other birds.
The "no outlet" paved road is residential with a scattering of home-based businesses. The Jacquard Center sits on a two acre lot. We are not close to neighbors in the urban sense. The deck view is north, across the plateau on which Hendersonville sits (as does Asheville), to part of the Pisgah mountain range. We respect this setting by omitting ostentatious signs and keeping daily traffic to a minimum.
Although The Jacquard Center lies outside the official city, we are effectively part of Hendersonville, a historically charming, and fast growing community of locals, retirees and young professionals. Hendersonville is a small city - it is not even the largest city in Henderson County - but serves as a shopping center for several counties.
Taking a larger view, Saluda, Asheville and Brevard North Carolina, as well as Greenville and Spartanburg South Carolina, are each within an hour's drive. This is a historic textile area.
Black Mountain is to the east of Asheville. Flat Rock (and the Carl Sandburg home) is adjacent to Hendersonville. Just west on US 64, half-way to Brevard, is the Nahantahela Forest, with hiking trails, streams, and a trout hatchery. There is, therefore, a large tourist industry here, especially in the summer and fall.
The Folk Art Center, featuring works from members of the Highland Craft Guild, is a short drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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