One Man’s Passionate Preservation
of North Carolina’s Pioneer Heritage
Robert W. Hart III with Nathan W. Moehlmann
Foreword by Bob Timberlake
Introduction by John Rice Irwin
Principal Photography by
Reggie Thomas and Glen Walker
Winner of the “Gold IPPY,” a national independent publishers award, in the coffee table book category, May 2012.
Winner of an “Award of Excellence” at the North Carolina Museums Council Annual Meeting in Asheville, March 19, 2012.
Honorable Mention at the Southeastern Museums Conference Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia, November 2012.
“I’ve visited Colonial Williamsburg, almost grew up in Old Salem, and I’ve seen other restored places all over North America, and nothing compares with Hart Square Village just south of Hickory.” – BOB TIMBERLAKE
For nearly forty years, Dr. Robert Hart of Hickory, North Carolina, has rescued and restored Carolina life of the nineteenth century, creating in the rolling countryside of Catawba County an entire village – the largest collection of original, historical log structures in the United States. From corn cribs and barns, to houses and chapels, and even a few outhouses, Hart Square: One Man’s Passionate Preservation of North Carolina’s Pioneer Heritage features 798 color photographs of the structures and their period furnishings, not forgoing detailed histories and the often humorous anecdotes of moving and restoring them (sometimes at peril to life, limb, and digit). As the first touches of autumn fleck Hog Hill on the fourth Saturday in October, Bob and Becky Hart’s “farm,” as they simply call it, bustles with over two hundred knowledgeable artisans and docents demonstrating and sharing the craftsmanship and subsistence of the area’s pioneers. To enter the village on festival day is to enter the early 1800s, and there is little to break the spell.
Clothbound, full-color, 400-page coffee table book