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Students engage in 4 hands-on experiences in the nation's most extensive collection of log cabins.
During a field trip to Hart Square, students will spend 30 minutes at each demonstration listed below.  

Authentic experiences are held outdoors and in the Education Center.

$15 a student
All teachers and administrative staff are free.
Chaperone passes are available for purchase.

Email or submit a form by clicking the button below to reserve your spot.

Your Day at Hart Square

Shaping wrought iron is about a three-thousand-year-old profession.  Traditional blacksmiths had to understand the crystal structure of metals and how heat affects them.  From the forge, many of our greatest tools were created that local farmers, carpenters, and craftspeople used on a daily basis.  Children as young as 10 apprenticed with blacksmiths to forge wrought iron, or steel, into a wide array of objects, such as agricultural implements, cooking utensils, tools, chains, chisels, gates, and even weapons.

Quill Pen Letter Writing
This tool has a vast history and was used to record many famous documents. Quill pens were made from various bird feathers, particularly large bird feathers, like swan feathers, geese, and turkey feathers.  This class will use our quill pens to write letters to one another. We will learn about letter structure and content as well as the historical importance of mail. 

Wreath Making
Pioneers believed in limiting their wastefulness and always searched for ways to reuse and recycle. In their time, waste was frowned upon. The parts of the Christmas tree that were trimmed off were woven into a circular shape, called a wreath. In some areas, without Christmas trees, they used grapevines. Wreath making is based on the reuse of natural world materials such as feathers, pinecones, gumballs, holly berries, sinew, raffia, corn husks, evergreen, and grapevine. We will have all of these materials and more to help you craft a beautiful handheld, 4-inch wreath to take home.

Carolina Life Cabin Tour 
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Hart Square from the person who knows it best. We will explore several cabin interiors, learn about the tools and inventions of the nineteenth century, and experience daily life for the pioneers. Hart Square’s historic log cabin collection is the largest in the nation. 

Meet the Artists

Jordan Jackson-Blacksmithing

Jordan Jackson founded Night Owl Iron Works in 2016. Focusing on traditional blacksmith techniques and working with the local community Jordan and Night Owl Iron Works have found great success providing quality, handmade products for businesses and individuals alike. In June of 2021, Jordan gained national recognition after winning the Forged in Fire Championship on The History Channel's special episode, "Forge of Fear”.  Concentrating on functionality, attention to detail and superior artistry Night Owl Iron Works has continued to grow thanks to a renewed interest in a timeless craft.

Zan Saunders-Village Tour Guide

I grew up at Hart Square, learning the history of the cabins and artifacts.  I am also a full-time employee and oversee the maintenance and preservation of the village.  I’m grateful to have been personally trained by our founder Dr. Hart to be equipped with specific knowledge of the pioneers of our area and their lifestyles.  I trained with Dr. Hart for eight years and have led tours for four years.  My favorite cabin is the Propst House, built in 1792 and moved to Hart Square in 1982.  I am part of the Hart Square Dance Troupe and enjoy performing at various living history events at our site.  I graduated from CVCC with an AAS in Mechatronics Engineering Technology. 

Sharrian Richards - Wreath Making

Shari has enjoyed many years in the Lincoln County School system as a substitute teacher and bus driver.  She is currently enjoying retirement by spending time with her husband, two children, two grandchildren, and caring for her miniature horses and chickens.  Shari has a log cabin that she cares for in her free time and serves in many capacities at her church.  
She holds a great passion for history and vintage crafts such as sewing, quilting, candle making, and wreath making, among many others.
Shari is a long-time volunteer of Hart Square Village and has committed her talents to teach others for many years.  She can make something beautiful out of almost anything.

Tim Peeler-Quill Pen Writing

Tim Peeler is a retired educator from Hickory, NC.  He is a winner of the Jim Harrison Award for contributions to baseball literature and has authored fifteen books of poetry and four regional baseball histories.  His poems have been anthologized by Time/Life Books, have been used in an HBO documentary, and are included in the library collection at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Most recently, he has collaborated with the Appalachian photographer Clayton Joe Young on a series of poetry novels that explore and reflect Western North Carolina culture.

Why Hart Square Village for our field trip?

Hart Square is the nation's largest collection of historic log cabins. When students visit the Village, they are not just walking through a museum. They get to observe artists and tradespeople at work and gain a deeper appreciation for the Early American pioneers with our hands-on activities. We cap our daily student admission to 200 so your students can have a more intimate and memorable experience.