Newcomers of Catawba Valley to Host Founder of Historic Hart Square

HICKORY, NC (July 3, 2017)…The founder of Hart Square, Dr. Bob Hart, will speak to the Newcomers of Catawba Valley (NCV) at its July 12 meeting. Hart Square is a village of more than 90 log structures dating from 1763 that Hart disassembled and transported to his 200 acre farm south of Hickory. There, over the last 40 years, he rebuilt them into the largest collection of original historic log structures in the country. All but two came from within 60 miles of Hickory.

The log structures range from corn cribs and outhouses, to cabins, stores, a chapel, barns and even a moonshine still. Dr. Hart salvaged everything possible from the dilapidated structures, including the rocks from chimneys and the hand-forged nails.

Each year Hart Square is open to the public on the fourth Saturday in October, when dozens of costumed volunteers portray life in the 1800s. This year’s festival will be held on October 28. Dr. Hart will speak and show slides of Hart Square at 10:30 a.m. on July 12, at the NCV meeting, held in the old terminal building of Hickory Regional Airport, 3101 9th Ave. Dr. NW.

Newcomers of Catawba Valley (NCV) is primarily a social organizations that enables new and long-time residents of the region to meet, make friends and participate in a variety of activities, including support of area charities and service programs. The club is made up of men and women and does not limit how long a member may belong.

Monthly general meetings are usually held at the Hickory Regional Airport at 10:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of every month. Variations in that schedule as well as the calendar of activities and special events are posted on the NCV website. For more information visit

Dr. Hart’s presentation and the monthly meetings of Newcomers of Catawba Valley are open to the public.

A Newcomers of Catawba Valley (NCV) Press Release by Denise Bukovan