Hart Square

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We stepped back in time for a few brief hours... and how hard it was to step forward again.  What a privilege to make some music at Hart Square, the largest privately owned 19th century log village in the world.  Over forty years ago, Dr. Bob Hart bought 100 acres in Vale, NC for a small wildlife preserve.  A neighbor mentioned that his old log cabin would look nice on Dr. Hart's property.  So Dr. Hart moved the log cabin and found the passion of his life.  He has since moved 92 log and wooden structures from the Catawba County area to Hart Square, now comprising 200 beautiful acres, constructing a lovely village and preserving a portion of NC history that would have otherwise been lost.  Once a year, for only one day, Dr. Hart opens Hart Square to the public.  For this one day, always the fourth Saturday in October, the whole village comes to life with over 200 reenactors.  Truly, this was like nothing we had ever seen.  How appreciative we are of Dr. Hart for his vision of preserving a part of NC for future generations.

Hart Square

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The surveyor - he really knew his stuff.  Very fascinating!IMG_6186The chuck wagon - homemade biscuits and stew.  There's nothing better.

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BlacksmithingIMG_6194

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Spinning flax into linenIMG_6212 IMG_6213 IMG_6215 IMG_6217 IMG_6218 IMG_6219 IMG_6223 IMG_6226 IMG_6232 IMG_6234 IMG_6236 IMG_6237 IMG_6240 IMG_6242 IMG_6243 IMG_6244 IMG_6247 IMG_6249 IMG_6253Eustace Conway from Turtle Island Preserve (a 1,000-acre primitive living site and educational camp just outside Boone, NC)IMG_6255 IMG_6256The ferry ride was the highlight for all the younger folk.  Fortunately, everyone stayed upright and dry.

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Here is a video I put together of our day at Hart Square.  We could have spent days exploring this amazing village.

The following is a video produced by NC PBS showing Hart Square and an interview with Dr. Bob Hart.

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  • #27981

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Fire up the flux capacitor and ride back in time with us to Hart Square.

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/hart-square/

    #28362
    Great Scott
    Great Scott
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    Thanks for sharing your trip into the past with us, John.  And thanks to Jennifer for those great photographs that brought back so many happy memories of my younger days.  Yes siree!! THAT is the place and time to be.

    I see my old friend Eustace Conway wittling in picture #32.  It is amazing how the old rustic wooden buildings of Hart Square are respected as treasures, while Eustace is being railroaded and demonized by the county because of his old wooden buildings and his way of life on Turtle Island.  Seems the property developers want Turtle Island p-r-e-t-t-y bad, and will stop at nothing to get it!   Eustace is a legend!!!!

    #28369

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    You’re right, Eustice is a bit of a legend around here. 🙂 He went through quite an ordeal a few years ago. Seems the rough-hewn lumber he milled from trees harvested on his property wasn’t “grade stamped” by the hardware store. Sheesh. I’m so sick of red tape.

    #28371
    Great Scott
    Great Scott
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    We can all put an end to the red tape and the corruption and greed and the tyrants and the dictators by getting rid of government altogether — at both the local AND federal level, and living like FREE citizens of Planet Earth.  No one will ever be free (sorry to spoil your fantasy, folks) and there will never be peace as long as there is government.  It is only FREE men who make up a FREE and peaceful society.

    #28374
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
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    Could not of said that better Great Scott, all governments must be destroyed for world peace to reign. Red tape in an expression ? We don’t use that one in Quebec , but from what John sais, I think I get it.
    But wow, hey Heart Square is like a dream! Thanks for the beautifull pictures, wonder what they ere doing With the grass and the rolling pin? Classic ferry ride with th ropes , so neat and simple.
    Love them kind of settings.
    Looked like a great family trip ,
    Thanks for sharing ,
    Gu

    #28376
    Rock
    Rock
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    John – I set up way past my bedtime last night, I just couldn’t stop watching. My imagination went on after I went to bed. What a wonderful place, I can see myself living back in those times! I have some of those old tools and still use them, Old cordless drills you have to turn like an egg beater and the draw knife, Loved it!
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    #28405

    A place I would like to live;) Saddle my horse and ride west…  he,he… I need to find my longship and crossing the ocean firstly…

    #28409

    Kaeleigh
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    Beautiful! I don’t know of any such historical places near me, I wish I could visit 🙂

    #28413
    Justine
    Justine
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    What a wonderfully interesting place! The pictures show how inventive people were. I like the raft. It was also great to see your whole family playing music and your little girl in pink boots!

    #28415
    Rock
    Rock
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    Kaeleigh it is a place where times and history is spared. I would love to go sometime!

    Hi Justine, avery fine morning to you, I hope you have a great day!

    #28429

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    It was a really cool step back in time. I wish Dr. Hart would do this for an entire weekend, or at least several times a year. It was a very magical place. Rock, they had a lot of cordless screwdrivers there. 🙂 I can’t wait to go back!

    #28435
    Rock
    Rock
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    I thought it was really a cool place. I heard him say they raised money for the building moves and reconstruction, I wish he would be open more often. I would make the trip!

    #28482

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Rock, you would have had a blast. Hey, I still have my eyes open for old tools for you. It’s been a while since I have seen old planes and hand-screws like that!

    #28484
    Rock
    Rock
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    Thank you John, I have a bunch of brace drills, I’m looking for the egg beater type and also draw knives. Deb coming in the morning, miracle happened!

    #28488

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Rock! OK, testimony time in the prayer closet. Can’t wait to hear about it!

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