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PLATEAU, NC – Hart Square in the Plateau area of Catawba County is stuck in 1840's. The “town” is made up of 98 restored period structures from around the area.

Owners Bob and Rebecca Hart originally intended to only have one building on the property.

“It was going to be just a little building,” said Rebecca. “Where we would spend the night and camp out with the kids and go fishing in the pond right next to it.”

“A friend of mine that helped me move it said, “Bob, you forgot to get the barn over not far from here.” You never see a log cabin without a barn. Then I had to have a well and outhouse, and then another building came available and it kind of snowballed.”

The property features homes from families in various classes of society, a cotton gin, two churches, a blacksmith’s shop, wells, outhouses, and a tavern, among many others.

Bob searches the Catawba Valley for the period structures, acquires and personally relocates each one to Hart Square. Every building has authentic furnishings made up of antiques the Harts find around the country.

It is a pretty rare treat to visit Hart Square as it usually only opens its gates once a year for an October festival. Tickets normally sell out within one day for the event that features more than 350 people demonstrating various aspects of the way Catawba County life was in the 1840's.

“It’s fun to see people come out and say, “Gosh, I didn’t know folks did that,” or “Can you imagine living that way,” Rebecca sai.

This ysaid the Harts have partnered with the Catawba County Historical Association to open Hart Square for a second date April 26. The event will serve as a special “behind the scenes” day.

“It gives a chance for people who really want to come in and learn about the architecture and how the cabins were built and to be able to look at the interiors on their own pace and ask questions about the antiques that are inside,” said Melinda Herzog, executive director, Catawba County Historical Association.

Tickets are on sale now for the April 26 special “Behind The Scenes” event at catawbahistory.org
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