Henderson County in Western North Carolina was formed in 1838. Hendersonville is the county seat, and is home to a wide variety of businesses including locally owned and operated shops to large cooperate businesses. The county has a large number of apple growers and are the traditional agricultural crop in the county and is the reason for the annual North Carolina Apple Festival held each fall. Towns located in the county include Fletcher, Laurel Park, and Mills River. Cities include Hendersonville and Slauda. The county is also home to the Flat Rock Playhouse, and the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.