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Hart Square of Catawba County

Since the beginning of this blog I have struggled with the photographs that I post.  I think that is the perfectionist in me and I want them to look like something a profession photographer would produce.  Now that I realize that and also realize I am not a professional photographer maybe I will begin to share more pictures with you.

The post I am sharing with you today is an event Mr. D and I attended last October.  It is the Hart Square Festival and is located in Catawba County. Hart Square is a vision of a local doctor.  Dr. Bob Hart bought the property in the 70’s and intended for it to be a wildlife preserve. After owning it for a few years someone approached him and told him they knew of a log cabin nearby that was falling down and would look good on one of the two main lakes on the property.  That was the beginning of this restored 1840’s Carolina Village.

The 200 acre village includes 5 ponds with ducks and geese.  There are 101 restored buildings on the property and on the day of the festival that occurs the fourth week in October, there are 95 to 100 craftsman and artisans demonstrating their craft during the festival.  The number of attendees is limited through ticket sales.

The festival is amazing and I really felt as if I had been transported back in time.  I have been to historic places in Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA and Williamsburg, VA.  However, this was so much easier to relate to as each restored building had a plaque that showed where it was moved from and the history of the building.  The buildings were from local families and properties and I knew the locations of their beginnings.

For more information about Hart Square, here is a link to their website:  http://www.hartsquare.com/

Below I am sharing pictures from the Festival and I am not describing each individual picture.  I thought the best way for you to enjoy it was to just look at the exquisite detail that has been created in this village.

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I have to admit that Mr. D took most of these pictures but I did take a few of them.  We were truly amazed at Dr. Hart’s vision and enjoyed the day so much.  We were very fortunate to have thoughtful friends that treated us to the day at the festival.  What else could we ask for.  I hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for stopping by.

4 responses »

  1. Wow! I love the history, since I grew up on the Coast of NC, I have visited many historic sites from the coast to the mountains!

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  2. What a beautiful and interesting place. ………..and your photographs are marvelous!! you have an excellent eye for taking pics that make the viewer feel like they are part of the photograph. I love them, so post more!!!

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