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For more than 30 years, Dr. Robert Hart of Hickory has rescued and restored Carolina life of the 19th century, recreating an entire village, Hart Squareâ€”the largest collection of original historic log buildings in the United States.
Each year on the fourth Saturday in October â€“ this year Oct. 26 â€“ Dr. and Rebecca Hart open this restoration project to the public. Dating from 1782 to 1873, the 70 log structuresâ€”chapels, barns, houses, shops and moreâ€”are all furnished, and around 220 volunteer artisans demonstrate the period techniques of flax breaking and hackling, spinning, weaving, herb dying, open-hearth cooking, broom and shoe making, shingle riving, wheelwrighting, tinsmithing and moonshining.
Visitors from across the country attend the one-day event, some inspired by the three-part series â€śThe 1840 Carolina Villageâ€ť narrated by the late Shelby Foote that airs on PBS stations.
Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on Oct. 1. They may be purchased in person at the Catawba County Museum of History in Newton or over the phone, with a credit card, at 828-465-0383. Directions are included with the tickets, which are mailed to ticketholders.
Hart Square is scheduled for Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The tickets are $35 per person.
Please note that tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and will not be available at the gate.