10 Reasons Tom Hanks Should Move to Henderson, Kentucky

Dear Tom,

Everybody that travels to Henderson ends up coming back or wanting to move here, so maybe you have entertained the thought of visiting Henderson once more. We are here to remind you that our doors are wide open whenever you decide to come front porch knockin’. Here are 10 reasons why we think you should visit sooner rather than later!



10. Let’s Parade About It


This year marked Henderson’s first Diversity Parade, and among Henderson’s many favorite parades, our Christmas Parade is very popular among kids and families. I don’t know if you heard yet, Tom, but Santa himself will be here on December 3rd, so it’s a pretty big deal. Consider yourself invited!



9. To College… or Bust!


We heard you Tom when you tweeted to your followers, “I may go back to college. See you there?” We all know the best college to go to is the one close enough to where your mom can still do your laundry. Still… you can round out those gen. ed. classes at the Henderson Community College. It’s home to our beloved performing Fine Arts Center. This season’s Nutcracker auditions are quickly approaching. We would totally support you, Tom, if you choose to try-out.



8. We Salute Those Who Serve

We know you appreciate men and women who serve for our U.S. military, Tom. We value their sacrifice too. Walking through Central Park, you will find numerous memorials dedicated to war veterans who have served before us. And every Memorial Day, Henderson remembers our fallen loved ones by planting thousands of white crosses in Central Park, each respectfully displaying the name of a Henderson soldier or veteran. A short stroll through this scene will truly move your soul.



7. Fall in Love With Downtown


What’s better than a stroll through the park – maybe a loft apartment that overlooks Central Park in a historic downtown? We can see you now, Tom, perched among the park, gazing out the tall windows of a 19th century building, enjoying a cup of coffee and the peacefulness that comes with having no noisy neighbors.



6. Morning Coffee Must Have


Speaking of coffee… The best local coffee in Henderson is just a few minutes of walking from your downtown loft. Planter’s Café & Coffee bar is a quaint yet beautiful representation of the 19th century architecture. Any cozy corner in this two-story café is a place perfectly capable of curing writer’s block. Tennyson would approve if you so choose to reflect on some of his prose here.



5. Antiques & Hidden Gems


We know being the analog man that you are Tom, you would much rather read the old fashioned way and express your thoughts on the Qwerty keys of a much-loved typewriter. We would recommend stopping at The Elm Antique Shop, located just one street over, to settle your fix for the era-of-finer-things. They might just have a dusty typewriter that has been searching for a long-lost thought conductor like you, or maybe even a magical wardrobe that leads to another land!



4. Selfie with Audubon

Henderson’s greatest writer, more commonly known as legendary naturalist, John James Audubon, would certainly approve of our downtown preservation. We’re not sure if he would approve of our generation’s need to take a selfie with him, but without a doubt he is the most selfie-ed statue in Henderson. And here is where we brag about our riverfront’s status as “Best Selfie Location in Kentucky”, voted by Kentucky Living Magazine readers. Tom you know you want to selfie with Audubon, come on over, we’ve even got a Snapchat filter.



3. Kentucky is Film Ready

Henderson could be the next Hollywood… Okay that might be stretch! However, Henderson, and all of Kentucky, is a great prospect for future film locations due to the aggressive tax incentives for film production. These incentives make Kentucky one of the most affordable film production locations in the United States! Just something to keep in mind, Tom!



2. Farmer & Frenchman

A hat-tip to Henderson’s agricultural history, and a fast-growing agri-tourism establishment, Farmer & Frenchman Vineyard & Winery invites all with open arms and open barn doors. A fully renovated 1940’s tobacco barn is the winery’s shiny centerpiece. Though it hasn’t been open for a year, it’s already caught the eye of film directors.  It completely captures the ideal homegrown feel that Henderson encapsulates. But we all know what great movie set the bar for motion pictures filmed in Henderson…



1. There’s No Crying in Baseball!

And the number one reason why Tom wants to move to Henderson, is of course because of the memories made spent filming in the 90’s motion picture, A League of Their Own. The scenes of the women’s baseball team boarded at the red-brick Victorian house actually takes place at the historic Soaper-Liles House located on Main Street in Henderson. Last year, Henderson has hosted a Movie on Main Street event.  Lawn chairs were set up in a theater-style fashion on Main Street, and locals could watch Tom and other names such as Geena Davis, Madonna, and Rosie O’Donnell perform on the big-screen from the lawn of the house made famous by Hollywood. So Tom, whenever you decide you have a minute to break from being a busy movie star, know you always have an invitation to stay in Henderson, Kentucky!

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