Welcome to the City of Henderson web site. I hope that you visit it often and use it to stay current on meetings of the Mayor and Aldermen, interruptions in city services, upcoming events and more. I am proud of our town and the people who call it home, and I pledge to keep this site current so that Henderson residents will know what’s happening and outside visitors can see what a great city we have. Read this site thoroughly, as you might learn something new about our heritage. Welcome to Henderson … a great place to call home.
Mayor Robert W. (Bobby) King
Rich in history and steeped in tradition, Henderson embraces the small-town values and volunteer spirit that make Tennessee great. Henderson is located at the intersection of US Hwy 45 and State Route 100. It is 16 miles south of Jackson and approximately 80 miles east of Memphis; Henderson began as a railroad community on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad. Once home to a bustling depot, Historic Front Street now gets more traffic from its businesses than its railways.
The school system for Henderson and the surrounding community is operated by Chester County. The Chester County School System is rated as one of the best school systems in the state. Henderson also boasts as having one of the lowest crime rates anywhere. These two factors have helped Henderson become one of the most popular places to raise a family.
Henderson is famous for many things, including its old-fashioned barbecue. The area has a deep tradition in slow-cooked whole-hog barbecue, and it is celebrated annually during the Barbecue Festival on Court Square.
With a balanced blend of retail and industry, Henderson shops line Main Street and beyond while many industries are located in or near the Industrial Park on the US Hwy. 45. Freed-Hardeman University, a four-year, liberal arts university, is located downtown. With approximately 2,050 students each year, FHU greatly contributes to Henderson’s economy.
Chickasaw State Park is located approximately 8 miles west of Henderson. The rustic state park features walking trails, horseback riding, campgrounds and summer swimming. Rustic cabins are also available for rent.
Gene Record Memorial Park is located at 600 North Church Avenue and provides picnic pavilions, restrooms, a playground and soccer fields. Some 600 youth play soccer on the park grounds. The recently competed Clayton Family Playground provides a safe handicap accessible area for children to play. A Farmer’s Market is also located within the park and is visible from Hwy 45 North.
Please visit our web site often for updates. Or better yet, visit us in person. We think you'll find that Henderson is the best the South has to offer.
Chester County 911 has instituted the CodeRED Weather Warning Notification System - an ultra high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications. This system allows us to telephone all or targeted areas of the County in case of a severe thunderstorm, flash flood, or tornado warning which has been issued by the National Weather Service.