The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Harper House
Hickory History Center

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Harper House, Hickory NC

Considered by the North Carolina Department of Archives and History to possess "the finest Queen Anne interior styling in the entire state,” the Harper House and the accompanying Bonniwell-Lyerly House in the Craftsman style, another of Hickory’s finest structures, serve a broad spectrum of  visitors and local residents as the Harper House & Hickory History Center.
    Through a momentous preservation project, with the Catawba County Historical Association having raised $2,000,000 for restorations, the Harper House today welcomes visitors as a house museum, interpreting both Hickory history, through the numerous significant families who lived in the house, and Victorian life in the South, circa 1887, the date of the house’s construction.
    On the same lot, the Lyerly House, rescued and moved for preservation on June 24, 2004, is devoted to the further interpretation of Hickory’s rich past, serving as the Betty Allen Education Center and Margaret Huggins Gallery, as well as a conference facility. Current exhibits include quilts from the CCHA's extensive collection, historical photographs of Hickory, and "Panoramic Catawba," the CCHA's collection of Benjamin Porter panoramic photographs of significant Catawba County sites, events, and groups.
    The Harper House/Hickory History Center is maintained by the Catawba County Historical Association

Hickory NC
Distance: 1 hour and 15 minutes from Asheville
Address: 310 North Center Street, Hickory NC 28601
Telephone: 828-324-7294
Hours: Thursday -Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Open Tuesday & Wednesday by appointment for groups of ten or more.
Fees: Harper House tours: Adult, senior and student rates. Exhibits in the Bonniwell-Lyerly House are free.
Allow: 1-2 hours
Catawba County Museum of History, Catawba Science Center, Hickory Museum of Art, Hiddenite Center, Historic Murray's Mill, Historic Newton NC Depot
Directions: From Asheville take I-40 East towards Statesville. Take Exit 123A-123B for US 321 toward Hickory. Continue on US 321 North. Turn right at 2nd Avenue NW and turn left at North Center Street.


  Stairwell the Harper House, Hickory NC


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