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 Square—the largest collection of original historic log buildings in the United States.
Each year on the fourth Saturday in October – this year Oct. 26 – Dr. and Rebecca Hart open this restoration project to the public. Dating from 1782 to 1873, the 70 log structures—chapels, barns, houses, shops and more—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 “The 1840 Carolina Village” 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.