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

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J. Summie Propst House Museum

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

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The J. Summie Propst house, built between 1881 and 1883, is the only remaining example of the Second Empire Style of architecture in Hickory. J. Summie Propst (1853-1940) was the son of Abalsom ProThe Hickory Landmarks Societypst and was born in the Propst Crossroads section of Catawba County. A carpenter and cabinetmaker by trade, he built this house soon after his marriage to Nancy Jane Abernathy. Still in their twenties, they represented the new generation. Amenable to change, they accepted the new styles of architecture printed in the latest pattern books and erected an asymmetrical, spacious, modest house. This house remained in the family until it was vacated for a short period prior to its acquisition by the Hickory Landmarks Society in 1968.
    The Society moved the house to the present site in the Shuford Memorial Gardens, from its original location on Tenth Avenue (now Main Avenue SW) An early twentieth century kitchen wing was not moved to the new site. Since its relocation to Shuford Park, the house has been rehabilitated and is used as a museum. Trained docents serve as guides at the museum.

Hickory NC
Distance: 1 hour and 15 minutes from Asheville
Address: 332 Sixth Street NW, Hickory NC 28601
Telephone: 828-322-4731
Hours: March 15- December 15; Thursday and Sunday, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Fees: None
Allow: 1-2 hours
Catawba County Museum of History, Catawba Science Center, Hickory Museum of Art, Hiddenite Center, Historic Murray's Mill
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 right at 2nd Avenue NW, then turn left at 6th Street NW.




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