The 34th Annual Festival Saturday, October 26th
The 34th Annual Festival will be Saturday, October 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may purchase tickets on our website on the “Gift Shop” page. We hope that you will join us in celebrating America’s pioneer heritage and the Hart Square mission of preserving and sharing.
Hart Square is 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. 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
Tickets: $45 per person
**limited to 4,000 attendees**
Rain or shine!
*No pets please
(children 5 and under are free)
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.
Some of the highlights you can enjoy at the festival include:
- 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
Hart Square Village has an amazing team of 400 volunteers. Many of our craftspeople and historic demonstrators have gained regional and national acclaim for their artistry. These folks teach everything from lace making, steam bending, bookbinding, and leatherworking. Another portion of our volunteer team shares the cabin’s histories and contents with the public through docenting.
Come experience the magic of Christmas in one of our historic wooden chapels! Walk across the village by the light of lantern into the Chapel of Peace. Lessons and Christmas carols will be held by candlelight and accompanied by acoustic music from our pump organ.
Please Note: Our historic chapel only seats 50 people for this intimate experience. We will be running three services an evening at 6:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Please select the ticket with your service time at check out.