Hendersonville is a city in Sumner County, Tennessee, United States, on Old Hickory Lake. The population was 40,620 at the 2000 census. The estimate for Hendersonville’s population on July 1, 2008 is 47,725. Hendersonville is part of the Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area and is located 18 miles northeast of downtown Nashville. The city was settled around 1784 by Daniel Smith, and is named for William Henderson. In 2009 Hendersonville was named as one of the 10 best cities for families by Family Circle Magazine.
Hendersonville was settled around 1784 by Daniel Smith when he began work on Rock Castle. In 1790, William Henderson, for whom the area was named, settled in. With the completion of the Old Hickory Dam in 1954, the city of Hendersonville started to grow into the most populous city of Sumner County and also one of the most populous suburbs of Nashville, along with Franklin and Murfreesboro. The city contains around 0.7% of the population of Tennessee. During the Civil War, Monthaven, a historic home on the National Historic Register, was used as a field hospital.