Spring 2023 Booking Now!

April 17th - 20th
April 24th - 27th
May 1st - 4th

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 station 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 below.

Email mya@hartsquare.com or submit a form by clicking the button below to reserve your spot.

Your Day at Hart Square

Herb Gardening and Seed Starting
The pioneer herb garden was planted for cooking herbs and plants that provided purposes of medicine, fragrance, and dye. Plant placement was informed by two rich traditions, including the 17th and 18th-century European gardens and Native American practices. Work with an herb specialist to start some seeds that you can take back to your classroom and grow.

Woodworking Demonstration and History
Primitive tools, weapons, and furniture have been created by carpenters for centuries. Woodworking is a necessary process that has led to the advancement of civilizations over time. With our artisan, we will examine tools that were an integral part of Early American life. Early Woodworkers were creators who always altered their methods to find a better and more efficient way.  

Pinch Pot Pottery
Venture centuries back in time and learn about the area’s first peoples (the Catawba people) and their earthenware traditions. Follow the history to the early 19th century, where European settlers began creating alkaline glazed stoneware made from the clay of the Catawba River Valley. Learn about this rich artistic tradition while becoming a part of it with your own hand-crafted pinch pot.

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

Judy Sigmon - Herbal Exploration and Gardening

I am from Bethesda, MD, and attended N.C.S.U., where I received my B.S. in Horticulture and met and married my husband, Bill Sigmon.  I moved to Newton and opened a greenhouse/growing business in 1981. 
As a Master Gardener volunteer and trainer, I spent time as an adjunct professor of horticulture at C.V.C.C. in the late ’80s and ’90s.  We sold most of our gardening business in 2006 while Bill continued his landscape and irrigation contractor business under Carolina Sunshine Landscaping.  I learned new skills and shared my passions by teaching about herbs, art, gardening, science, and nature to all age groups.  I’ve been married 43+ years have two daughters and three grandchildren.  I have also led the “Art For All” programs at the Hickory Museum of Art (an outreach program of art classes).
I have volunteered at Hart Square for the past ten years as an Herb Gardener.  This Spring, I will be serving as an adjunct professor of horticulture at C.V.C.C.

Fred Kelly - Woodworking

 I am a lifelong woodworker.  I am married with three wonderful children and two handsome grandsons.  My father started me carving about the age of 10, and I have worked in wood ever since.  I spent four years onboard submarines in the Navy before my formal training at Appalachian State University where I received a Masters in Industrial Arts Education.  I taught students and adults for 32 years before my retirement.  Woodworking has always been a creative outlet for me and a gift to share with others.  For the last 28 years, I have demonstrated primitive hand woodworking at the woodwright shop at Hart Square during the festival.  Wood was a common material,  and woodworking was a skill every home needed for survival as they settled this wild country.  Every home, farm, or business in some way depended on skilled woodworkers to shape tools and materials for them to live. I am thankful to be able to share this knowledge and these skills.

Debra Zimmerman - Pottery

I'm a potter and mosaic artist and have been creating art for most of my life.  Having moved to Catawba Valley 10 years ago, I have spent the better part of that time dedicated to the craft of clay.  My unique and whimsical pottery and stained glass mosaics can be found at local art shows, gift shops, and galleries under my business name ‘Groovy Girl Art Studio’.  With a desire to educate and inspire others, I teach pottery and mosaic classes in area schools, community businesses, and in my home studio which I share with my husband, Dale who is also a potter.


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. 

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 interact with 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. 

Refund Policy
In the case of cancellations, refunds will be offered up to 10 business days prior to your booking.  Full refunds will be offered for school closures due to inclement weather or COVID-related outbreaks. Once your final count has been received we cannot offer partial refunds for changes in student numbers.