Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC

You can’t miss seeing Binion’s Roadhouse Restaurant. It looks like a whole old west town on the side of 64 as you are heading toward downtown from I-26. The address is 1565 4 Seasons Blvd, Hendersonville, NC.

Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC
Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC

It looks like separate little buildings, but it is all one restaurant.

The parking lot is usually packed, but they seat you fast.

Peanuts while you study the menu in Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC
Peanuts while you study the menu in Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC

There are peanuts on the table. Then they bring out little rolls with honey butter.

The menu is typical steakhouse at typical prices. Not expensive at all.

Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC
Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC

The restaurant is pretty dark inside. And there are Western style things everywhere you look.

Boots hanging from the ceiling in Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC
Boots hanging from the ceiling in Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC

There is a bar at one end and an outdoor eating area.

Popcorn Sutton’s Still

Popcorn Sutton's Still is at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC
Popcorn Sutton’s Still is at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC

Just as you walk in the front door, there is a display about the Moonshiner Popcorn Sutton.

Popcorn Sutton's Still is at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC
Popcorn Sutton’s Still is at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC

If you don’t already know, Popcorn Sutton was a moonshiner and bootlegger from Maggie Valley and over the state line in Cocke County, Tennessee. He was always a character. He wrote a how-to book for moonshiners, then made some videos. He finally got himself convicted for moonshining, but killed himself rather than go to jail.

Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton 10/05/1946 Maggie Valley, NC 03/16/2009 Parrotsville, TN Carved for Binions by "Mountain" Mike Ayerso of Whetstone Woodworks Maggie Valley, NC at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC
“Mountain” Mike Ayerso’s carving of Popcorn Sutton
Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton 10/05/1946 Maggie Valley, NC 03/16/2009 Parrotsville, TN Carved for Binions by "Mountain" Mike Ayerso of Whetstone Woodworks Maggie Valley, NC at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC
Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton 10/05/1946 Maggie Valley, NC
03/16/2009 Parrotsville, TN
Carved for Binions by “Mountain” Mike Ayerso of Whetstone Woodworks
Maggie Valley, NC
at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC
Popcorn Sutton's Still is at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC
Popcorn’s Last Still
Popcorn Sutton's Still is at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC
Popcorn Sutton’s Still is at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC
Popcorn Sutton's Still is at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC
Popcorn Sutton’s Still is at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC

They are running a video about the old moonshiner.

The Carl Sandburg Oak

Carl Sandburg Oak at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC
Carl Sandburg Oak at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC

On the other side of the entry from Popcorn Sutton’s still is the huge slice of the Carl Sandburg Oak.  The 85-foot white oak tree  from the Sandburg property cut in 2006.

Carl Sandburg was a poet, and song collector who lived near here. He also wrote a biography of Abraham Lincoln.

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Carl Sandburg Oak at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC
Carl Sandburg Oak at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC

The cross section slice is marked with events, inventions, wars and presidents from 1829 to 2006 that happened over the 177-year life of the oak.

Carl Sandburg Oak at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC
Carl Sandburg Oak at Binions Roadhouse in Hendersonville, NC
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