William Ivey can tell you most anything you’d want to know about longrifles, or pottery in the Seagrove tradition, or antique furniture crafted in Randolph County. What he values most about the individual pieces he’s collected over the years, however, are the personal histories they carry.
Vito and Mary Ellen Sico started out buying antiques to furnish their first home. Their collection grew into a business, and today it’s the inspiration for the Liberty Antiques Festival, a twice-a-year event that attracts hundreds of vendors and thousands of shoppers from nearly two dozen states.
In the early to mid-20th century, North Carolina was a popular hunting destination for wealthy sportsmen. Among the many hunting lodges they built in the Piedmont, Fairview Park stood out for its luxurious amenities.