5-the-pumkin-carver-at-festival-hart-squareVale, NC – Since 1986, as the first touches of autumn fleck Hog Hill on the fourth Saturday in October, Hart Square bustles with over three hundred knowledgeable artisans and docents demonstrating and sharing the craftsmanship and subsistence of Carolina’s pioneers. To enter the village on festival day is to enter the early 1800s. Here, visitors will witness everything from flax making, cotton baling, and tinsmithing to apple butter making and the sweet sounds of old time music. We boast the most talented and authentic demonstrators in the country, and know you will agree with us when you come visit.

The 2016 festival is October 22 (always the fourth Saturday in October), and it runs from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Rain or shine! *No pets please*

Tickets ($40.00 each; free for age 5 and under) go on sale at the Catawba County Museum of History the first working day in October: Monday, October 3, 9:00 am. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Catawba County Museum of History or over the phone at the museum’s number 828.465.0383. Tickets purchased through the museum are limited to 12 per order. A limited number of tickets for large groups (20 or more, but less than 75) are reserved, and group leaders may call between September 15 and September 29: 828.322.2990. Please keep in mind that walking shoes are needed and unpaved roads can make for difficult travel. Most of the structures are not accessible by wheelchair.

We will open the gates for parking at 8:00 a.m. to preclude the mile-long line of traffic in years’ past. Festival goers are welcome to drive in and park on the runway, where coffee and breakfast items are available through Plateau Methodist Church. At 10:00 a.m., the ropes drop and the village opens.

There are three available places to purchase food the day of the festival. However, festival goers are welcome to pack a picnic and enjoy it on the grounds. Soda, coffee, and water are available in the Robert’s Barn near the Arbor.

Hart Square is located at 5029 Hope Road, Vale, NC 28168.

Please direct all questions to Hart Square Foundation Executive Director, Rebecca Anne Hart, at hartsquarefoundation@gmail.com or by phone at 828.320.9461.

Photo: Pumpkin Carver at Hart Square; Harts & Sigmons playing at Hart Square