Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community


Now is the time to Order Your Hart Square Tickets

Note that the admission price has increased this year to $40.00 each – Still a bargain.


For more than thirty years, Dr. Robert Hart of Hickory has rescued and restored life in the Carolinas in the nineteenth century, recreating an entire village, Hart Square – the largest collection of original historic log buildings in the United States.  Each year on the fourth Saturday in October, (October 25th this year), Dr. and Mrs. Hart open this restoration project to the public. Dating from 1782 to 1873, the seventy log structures—chapels, barns, houses, shops, and more—are all furnished, and over 275 volunteer artisans demonstrate period techniques such as flax breaking and hackling, spinning, weaving, herb dying, open-hearth cooking, broom and shoe making, bookbinding, shingle riving, wheelwrighting, tinsmithing, moonshining, and much more.  10% of the proceeds go to the Catawba County Historical Association and 90% go into a fund to carry on the festivals after the Harts can no longer do so themselves.


Advanced tickets are required since this event always sells out early.  You can get tickets by calling the Catawba County Museum of History in Newton at 9 am on Tuesday, October 1 or standing in line at that time, but as participants, we can order tickets for you.


Make your check out to Jim Williams for $40.00 per ticket and mail it, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to:


Jim and Ann Williams

1601 South Wendover Road

Charlotte, NC 28211


We must receive your check by September 5 to get these tickets.  We will receive the tickets by mid-October and mail them on to you.


Revolutionary War Reenactment: The Battle of Charlotte, Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31 from 10 am to 4 pm, Latta Plantation

In September of 1780 Lord Cornwallis and his Legion entered Charlotte, North Carolina and found a Hornets Nest! Come out and learn more about the struggle that took place in Mecklenburg County through demos covering what British and Patriot Soldiers wore, what gear they used, what their lives were like, a battle each day at 2:00 p.m., and talk with Col. Polk. The Latta House will be open throughout the weekend with clothed interpreters, cooking in the kitchen, time period vendors, a food vendor, and The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.


The Charlotte Museum of History – One Year Strong! – MHA Docent Program, Tuesday, September 2, Fellowship Hall of Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church, Refreshments at 9:30, business meeting at 10, and program at 11.  Visitors are welcome.

Kay Peninger, CEO of the Museum will give us an update on the progress and focus of The NEW Charlotte Museum of History and the Hezekiah Alexander Home Site.  She will update us on the museum’s efforts to restore fiscal stability, build a strong foundation, and to produce excellent programming.  Kay will also talk about the focus of the museum’s educational programming and its emphasis on the theme of “liberty” and how this ties together our local and national history.


Celebrate the 80th Birthday of The WBT Briarhoppers on Saturday, August 30th, in McGlohon Theatre.

When the Briarhoppers call out, “Do y’all know what hit is?” you’ll want to answer, “Hit’s Briarhopper time!”


The Olde Huntersville Historic Society Meeting, Wednesday, September 3 at 7 pm.

We will meet at Historic Rural Hill to hear Jeff Fissel, Executive Director at Rural Hill, who will talk about the current usage of the property, history of this site and of the Davidson family.  Guests are welcome.


18th Century Backcountry Lifeways Workshop, Friday through Sunday, September 12-14, Registration Deadline Friday, August 29, $150 per person, Schiele Museum.

Teachers, historical interpreters, historians…anyone intrigued by the “simple life” of the 18th Century frontier can experience the lifeways of the early settlers. Explore the tools, technologies, materials and folklore of their food, clothing and shelter. Learn woodworking, blacksmithing, textile skills and foodways plus the customs, manners and popular pastimes of early Carolinians.

Friday September 12: 5:30 – 8 PM Saturday September 13: 9 AM – 4 PM Sunday September 14: 9 AM – 4 PM,  Call 704-854-6676 to register.