THE 36TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 23rd, 2020
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join us in celebrating America’s pioneer heritage and the Hart Square mission of preserving and sharing. 

The safety of our demonstrators and guests is of the utmost importance to us.  Please take a moment to review some of the changes to this year’s event in response to COVID19 below.  More detailed information can also be found in our frequently asked questions.

  • Doors and windows will be open for visitor viewing; however, demonstrators shall be the only people allowed in the buildings. The majority of our demonstrators will be outside in various locations and on cabin porches to display their historic crafts and trades for our guests.
  • At this time, we are limiting this year’s ticket sales to 2,000.
  • We will be following a health and safety plan written with the assistance of Catawba County Public Health and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Department for this year’s festival. The safety of our guests, demonstrators, and volunteers will always be our top priority. 

The most comprehensive museum of Early American structures and antiques in the world

Not only is the breadth of our collection unmatched, but the experience is unparalleled. Our museum does not confine artifacts to glass cases. We do not rope off certain sections viktig nettsted. Rather, we invite a visitor into a space that feels like a family or craftsperson got up and walked out moments prior.  We strive above all for authenticity.

Hart Square’s Annual Festival showcases the expertise, knowledge, hard work, and commitment of its artisans and demonstrators

You can see nearly 100 old time crafts from flax making, cotton baling, and tinsmithing to apple butter making and the sweet sounds of old time music.   

North Carolina artist Bob Timberlake says,

“I’ve visited Colonial Williamsburg, almost grew up in Old Salem, and I’ve seen other restored places all over North America, and nothing compares with Hart Square Village just south of Hickory.”

  • Tickets are $45 each. 
  • All proceeds from this event support the Hart Square Foundation, which ensures the preservation of the village and educational programming throughout the year
  • rain or shine event
  • (No pets please)
  • Early parking will begin at 8 a.m.

Some of what you will see

  • Cotton ginning on a pre-civil war Eli Whitney cotton gin
  • A 1760 grist mill in action
  • Two historic church services with foot-pump organ music
  • A Native American village brought to life through storytelling 
  • the largest collection of Catawba Valley pottery
  • An 1840 wood-framed groundhog kiln heating up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit
  • The Cabin Fever Ale specially made at Hart Square on our 1760 grist mill
  • A printing press in action
  • The art of gunsmithing and an impressive gun collection
  • Metalworking at the farrier, blacksmith, or wheelwright’s shop
  • Moonshining at the hidden liquor still
  • Ten different old time bands on various front porches and stages
  • A rare original slave cabin
  • Several docents who are actual descendants of the cabin whose histories they present
  • A collection of civil war era doctor’s tools
  • Student volunteers reenacting in a one-room schoolhouse 
  • Home hearth cooking and open trail cooking

Eli Whitney cotton gin

Cotton ginning on a pre-civil war Eli Whitney cotton gin

Grist mill

A 1760 grist mill in action

Historic church services

Two historic church services with foot-pump organ music

Native American village

A Native American village brought to life through storytelling

Catawba Valley pottery

the largest collection of Catawba Valley pottery

Groundhog Kiln

An 1840 wood-framed groundhog kiln heating up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit

Printing press

A printing press in action

Gunsmithing

The art of gunsmithing and an impressive gun collection

Metalworking

Metalworking at the farrier, blacksmith, or wheelwright’s shop

Moonshining

Moonshining at the hidden liquor still

Old time Music

Ten different old time bands on various front porches and stages

Civil war era doctor’s tools

A collection of civil war era doctor’s tools

One-room schoolhouse

Student volunteers reenacting in a one-room schoolhouse

Home hearth cooking and open trail cooking

Home hearth cooking and open trail cooking