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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Houk's Chapel


Houk’s Chapel is the oldest standing house of worship in the city of Hickory, restored and preserved for the visiting public as historic landmark. It was built in 1893 by a team of volunteers and reflects a distinct German architectural style. Their leader was Reverend William Kelly Houk (1855-1890) of Morganton, NC, a charismatic Methodist preacher who founded a congregation here and preached for 55 years. Today, visitors can see and experience Houk’s Chapel as it appeared in the late 19th century. Original furnishings and artifacts are featured in the period room exhibits.