Museum guild plans trip to historic Hart Square

Jan. 31, 2013 @ 04:53 PM

The High Point Museum Guild’s annual spring field trip this year will be to the unique Hart Square attraction in Catawba County, and the public is invited to attend.
The trip will take place on Wednesday, April 17. The group will leave from the museum’s lower parking lot at 8 a.m. and return by 5 p.m.
The cost is $55 per person, and reservations can be made by mailing a check — payable to the High Point Museum Guild — to 1859 E. Lexington Ave., High Point, N.C. 27262.
Reservations must be made by March 1.
Hart Square is a private collection of at least 75 original and local Catawba County log structures.
This museum of early buildings had its beginning in August 1967, when Dr. Robert Hart purchased a small tract of land with the purpose of establishing a wildlife refuge and a retreat from his busy family practice.
The village began with a single log cabin, the circa-1840 Hunsucker House, which was moved to the property in 1973.
Other buildings that have been added since then include a working grist mill, a groundhog kiln for firing pottery, a printing shop with period-appropriate printing press, a schoolhouse, a country store, a chapel, a cotton gin, a covered bridge, a tinsmith shop, a firehouse and many more examples of 1840s colloquial architecture, all of which were moved and restored by Hart.
With only two exceptions, all of the village’s structures were rescued in the Catawba Valley. The oldest structure in the village is the Blackburn-Summerow-Null-Hartzoge House, which dates back to 1793.
In the foreword to a book about Hart Square, titled “Hart Square: One Man’s Passionate Preservation of North Carolina’s Pioneer Heritage,” Lexington artist Bob Timberlake writes: “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 Dr. Hart’s village just south of Hickory.”
Hart Square is generally not open to the public, except one weekend a year in October and for special group tours such as this one.
For more information about this trip, call the High Point Museum at 885-1859.

Want to go?

The High Point Museum Guild will sponsor a field trip to Hart Square in Catawba County on April 17.
The group will leave from the museum’s lower parking lot at 8 a.m. and return by 5 p.m.
The cost is $55 per person, and reservations can be made by mailing a check — payable to the High Point Museum Guild — to 1859 E. Lexington Ave., High Point, N.C. 27262.
Reservations must be made by March 1.
For more information, call the museum at 885-1859.