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Web Exclusive: Hart Square Photos

A village sits, preserved in its entirety, right here in the hills of Hickory.

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See additional photos of Hart Square, a small preserved village that sits on 200 acres of land in Hickory. These photos were taken from the book Hart Square: One Man’s Passionate Preservation of North Carolina’s Pioneer Heritage. Read about Bob Hart, the man behind this fascinating collection of cabins, in the October 2012 issue.

The Whitener House at its original location. Hutch removes boards from the porch floor.

Bob Hart’s Cessna 170 as it came to rest after an engine failure over Sumter National Forest. Bob, Becky, and the boys landed hard in a small field. The plane flipped when Bob slammed on the brakes to avoid a wall of trees. Bob cites the adage, “Any landing you walk away from is a good one.”

Brad Dozier “in the pits,” the saying’s exact origin. Bob steers the tiller, while Brad pulls down on the box. Wedges are placed in the kerf to keep the saw from binding. A preferable pit saw is tapered on the backside to further reduce binding. The boards are separated once all the cuts have been made; otherwise, the sawyer would have a decreasing place to stand.

The house at its original location in the late 1800s with Kahill family members: Grandma Kahill, Dan Kahill (who came to the United States at age fifteen from Ireland), Ramond Kahill holding son Serley, and Maretta Hilton Kahill. A wisteria vine winds across the porch.

Objects found at Hart Square on the new site, suggesting an early homeplace. Bob found handmade brick, latches, hinges, shards, and tools, among numerous other items, some of which are on display in the Hart Square museum.

Dismantling the mortised and pegged timbers of the cotton house on the Holstein family farm outside Ridge Spring, South Carolina.


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Lynne Baker and her daughter stand by to assist Janet Radford, who pulls corn sticks from the beehive oven.

With two rope beds, loft of Hunsucker House. First floor viewable below.

In 1790, Joshua B. Little and his wife, Susan, built what would become the Hart Square Country Store.

The Holstein Cotton Gin House with the cotton press and wheelwright shop in the background.

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13 Responses to Web Exclusive: Hart Square Photos

  1. Cathy Dale says:

    I have seen the cabins, and it’s an amazing amount of work going into preservation of the cabins. They are decorated perfectly!

  2. Patty Yoder says:

    I did manage to get tickets for my family this year and it was well worth the time and money. I want to go back! We purchased the book and are still enjoying it as well. I would love to thank Dr. Hart for all his efforts of preservation. Dr. Hart and his wife, Becky are truly caring people and it was a true joy to meet them and see the fruit of their labor. Once you have visited, you want everyone you know to experience it; it would be nice if it could be viewed more often. But, I also think it very gracious of the Hart family to open it at all.

  3. Stephen Sullivan says:

    We have 4 tickets. Due to family problems, my wife is in NJ and will be unable to attend. The 4 tickets are available for the first $25 each (the face value – can’t beat the deal). Please call 704-807-9633

  4. james woods says:

    i love your town i have started a small village on my 20 acres in happy valley but i was very disappointed today because i did not get tickets to see your restored village the add said 3000 tickets were to go on sale at 10:00am october first i started calling at 10:00 am got thru at 11:00am and was told all 3000 tickets had been sold maybe next year hope you have a sunny fall day my best to you james

    • Paula Bright says:

      Demand for the tickets has to be tremendous especially with the recent publication of his book and all the publicity surrounding it. I have managed to get tickets and visit twice – it is an extraordinary experience. I certainly do not speak for Dr. Hart nor do I even know him, but 3000 visitors at any time is a gracious plenty. Just the wear and tear of having that many folks in and out of the buildings, on the grounds, and in close proximity to the many, many, countless actually, artifacts is a testament to Dr. Hart’s generosity in sharing his Village. I encourage anyone interested to buy the kind Doctor’s book – while not inexpensive, it is worth every single penny! The photography (and there is a lot of it!) is stunning and the stories he includes are at time hilarious as well as insightful. And try again next year to get one of those elusive tickets, you will not be disappointed by either experience even if you are discouraged by having to wait.

  5. David Oliver says:

    I would like to go but no one is at the museum Oct1. The web site also shown that all tickets sold ..This was at 9am. please respond.

  6. jimmie webster says:

    i am very interested in old log cabins being restored. i have an old log tobacco barn restored to a cabin at my son’s vineyard on my land . his vineyard is called jamison-paul veneyard in madison,nc. are the cabins open any other times to see other than October 27.? thank you for your time and info.

  7. C. Spence says:

    I find Mr. Hart’s preservation efforts commendable but an excerpt from the print article disturbs me. It states that Mr. Hart took the black snake that had eaten eggs from one of his duck boxes and “whipped it against the tree.” This creature was only finding food, not harming Mr. Hart. With a 60-second search for “keeping snakes out of duck boxes” I was able to find a device called a predator guard to keep snakes and racoons out of duck boxes. I suggest Mr. Hart could easily preserve wildlife in addition to buildings.

    I do hope to visit Hart Square. My family moved and restored an old corn crib, saving it from demolition due to highway construction.

  8. Linda and Gene Medlin says:

    This is a wonderful place and one that every school age child age should see. It really makes history come alive. It is also a place that every older adult will love.

  9. Jim Phillips says:

    I want to come see this year my Phillips Family cabin that is there at Hart Square.
    What is the date that tickets are available?
    Thanks,
    Jim Phillips
    Ormond Beach, FL

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