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2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of the relocation and restoration of the landmark 1882 J. Summie Propst House. We are pleased to share with you a priceless series of recent audio recordings, recollections by actual founders or their children in a remarkable preservation effort that inspired the founding of the Hickory Landmarks Society. A video production of the actual restoration is now available to you for the first time. For some wonderful nostalgia, great local history, and more than a little fun click here

2021 Heritage Days at Maple Grove Cancelled

The Hickory Landmarks Society’s Board of Directors has cancelled the 2-day Heritage Days at Maple Grove school program for April 2021.   Remote learning and the needs of future in-school instruction have resulted in the likelihood for cancellation of field trips by many school districts. HLS regrets the practical and logical decision to delay the 27th annual program until April 2022.  The health and safety for teachers, bus drivers, volunteers, and above all fourth grade students is paramount.

Annotated Lecture Series
Hickory Sesquicentennial Celebration
Patrick Daily, Executive Director – Hickory Landmarks Society

Presentation #1
Hickory Tavern: Origins and History (presented October 3 and now archived for viewing on our Facebook Events Page)

The City of Hickory originated with an 18th century log tavern, a hostelry located along the Linconlton-Morganton Road where stage passengers and travelers by horse could find food, drink and lodging. Patrick Daily, a 24 year resident of Hickory and academically trained historian, presented a 45 minute program on the city’s roots as a tavern.  Daily shares information and stories, including the tavern’s history, imagery, and memorialization.

Presentation #2
6:00 pm, Thursday, October 29, 2020
Drendel Auditorium, Arts and Science Center, SALT Block Campus in Hickory
Live-streamed on the Hickory Landmarks Society’s FaceBook events page

1870 Hickory: It Was a Good Year

What was Hickory like 150 years ago?  Historian and author Patrick Daily of Hickory will take us back to the year 1870 in Hickory, describing what life was like in the post Civil War village of Hickory Tavern. Historical references, anecdotes, and images from that time will be presented.  Facts and Stories compiled from letters written (1870-1880) by an early resident Frank Clinard will also be told.

Presentation #3
6:00 pm, Thursday, November 12, 2020
Drendel Auditorium, Arts and Science Center, SALT Block Campus in Hickory
Live-streamed on the Hickory Landmarks Society’s FaceBook events page

The Piedmont Wagon Company: Hickory’s First Industry

Wagons were a key to the growth of Hickory as a city.  From its beginnings in 1878 along Horseford Creek, gristmill operator Andrew Ramseur and George Bonniwell, a Pennsylvania lumberman, developed a system of mass production of wagons of multiple varieties.  By the 1890’s the company that was established produced as many as 1,000 wagons per month and distributed them throughout the Southeast…. until the rise of automobile transportation led to its decline.  Patrick Daily, Executive Director of the Hickory Landmarks Society, will present the industry’s rise and fall over a nearly 90 year period within one of the original, restored factory buildings. He will share with the audience the exciting story of the last remaining structure’s preservation and revival as a major adaptive re-use project.

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542 Second Street, NE
Hickory, NC 28601
Phone: (828) 322-4731
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