Street Address
59l Horn in the West Drive
Boone, NC 28607
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 295
Boone, NC 28607
Hours
Sat and Sun (May-October) Tues-Sun l-8:30
Admissions
For more information about these or any other programs, e-mail the main office at HornOperations@hotmail.com. Please indicate in your subject line Inquiry for HRH.
Staff
Davy Davis, Museum Curator
phone: 828-264-2120

Description

Hickory Ridge Homestead, located on the grounds at "Horn in the West," is an eighteenth-century living history museum highlighting the daily lives of our mountain ancestors.

Visitors to the museum are allowed a special glimpse into their own past as interpreters, in period clothing, explain pioneer life and culture. Regular demonstrations in weaving and hearthside cooking as well as crafts are presented. You can experience weaving on a 180 year-old loom, spinning wool or any number of hands-on activities presented daily.

Also located on the grounds is our museum gifts shop, where visitors may purchase gifts and souvenirs including shirts, baskets, and stuffed animals indigenous to our area.

Created in 1980, the museum is meant to further the visitor's imagination and understanding about the life of the settlers in the "Horn in the West" drama. Visitors get insight into the lifestyle of early mountain settlers, how they lived, and what constituted a 'typical' mountain homestead. As well, the self sufficiency of our forefathers can best be shown through the routines and skills they possessed that we now think of as arts and crafts. People learn crafts by doing and watching others perform. From this idea grew the whole concept of a living museum and hands-on program.

The museum has attempted to capture some of the mood which we feel was around during the time of the Revolution. Furnishings were sparse, but the family was diverse with its religion, humor, and self sufficiency, creating a warm atmosphere. We hope that as you visit the museum you will feel some of this special quality.

Educational Programs

Just as over 7,000 students do each year, we invite you to step back into the past and learn about everyday life on an early American mountain homestead. Hickory Ridge Homestead Living History Museum offers a variety of educational programs that focus on the settlement period 200 years ago (1785 - 1805) when folks who settled into this region had to grow, create, and trade for the necessities of life. Hickory Ridge's educational programs allow participants to enter a "living history," sampling a taste of pioneer life as well as learning a variety of domestic skills.

  • During the summer, children's day camps will be offered for children ages 5 - 13, including frontier camps, naturalist camps. Additional Early American Skills Workshops for children and adults will be offered on scheduled Saturdays.

Governance

Horn in the West and Hickory Ridge Homestead Museum are productions of the Southern Appalachian Historical Association Inc. (S.A.H.A.). It is supported by the town of Boone and over 1,000 local business in various ways. S.A.H.A is responsible for the continuation of the Horn in the West, Hickory Ridge Homestead Museum, and related productions and events.