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. 

Read More

Hart Square Village


Hart Square Village began as the personal collection of Dr. Bob and Becky Hart of Hickory, N.C. Their collection of early American antiques and log buildings was amassed over a fifty year period and displayed at their wildlife preserve in Vale, N.C. The largest collection of original, historical log structures in the United States. From corn cribs and barns, to houses and chapels, and even a few outhouses, the Hart Square Village has preserved over ninety original structures. Every cabin is furnished with Appalachian antiques, accurately displaying the various professions and nineteenth century experiences. The cabin’s interiors honor authenticity from every pewter spoon on the dining table to every butter churn or rope bed. The expansive collection includes one of three functioning pre-civil war cotton gins in the U.S., a print shop, a doctor’s office, a one room schoolhouse, and countless artifacts that will never be found anywhere else, even in the Smithsonian.