The Visit Hickory Metro team encourages visitors and locals to explore the Hickory Metro region carefully and safely. The state of North Carolina has lifted all mass gathering limits at this time but encourages individuals to still practice the three W's - Wear, Wait, Wash. People who are fully vaccinated can do all of the things that they did before the pandemic. Those unvaccinated, should still wear a mask in public indoor settings & public outdoor settings when they cannot maintain social distance. To learn more about what our area is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 click below. 

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37th Annual Festival at Hart Square


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. 

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


*The safety of our demonstrators and guests is of the utmost importance to Hart Square. 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 on their website.


  • 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. 


Hart Square Village