County Historical Association
The Courthouse houses the Museum of History, which showcases an extensive collection of local, regional, and national objects. Visitors may also explore the CCHAs satellite sites, the Murrays Mill Historic complex (near Catawba), Bunker Hill Covered Bridge (near Claremont), and in the ensuing months The Harper House - Hickory History Center in Hickory, considered one of North Carolinas finest Queen Anne style homes. Visit the CCHA online at www.catawbahistory.org.
Bunker Hill Covered Bridge
The Bunker Hill Covered Bridge (1894) is one of the two remaining covered bridges in North Carolina. The bridge is made of oak with trunnels (wooden pins) instead of nails and spans 85 feet across Lyles Creek. It is the only remaining example in the world of a 19th Century Bridge utilizing the General Herman Haupt truss design. General Haupt was a West Point instructor. Bunker Hill Covered Bridge is located two miles east of Claremont, NC on US Hwy 70. For hours of operation contact (828) 465-0383.
Murrays Mill Historic Site
Step back into a simpler time and witness Catawba Countys early agrarian heritage. By the early 1900s, the location was an industrial complex with the grist mill, a three-story granary, dry goods store, blacksmith shop and lumber business. Today, the historic complex, with four restored buildings allows you to both see and experience life and commerce as it was generations ago. It is located off of NC Hwys. 16 and 10, between Newton and Catawba, NC. For hours of operation contact (828) 465-0383.
Old St. Pauls Lutheran Church
Old St. Pauls is a two-story log weather-boarded church with an impressive interior including intricately carved sounding board and moldings and a slave balcony. Built in 1757, it remains one of the oldest existing churches in North Carolina west of the Catawba River. Located on Old Conover-Startown Road in Newton. For hours contact (828) 464-9786.
The SALT Block - Sciences, Arts, Literature, Together
The SALT Block, located in Hickorys Claremont Historic District, features the Arts & Science Center of Catawba Valley and the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.
The Arts & Science Center, managed by the Catawba County Council for the Arts (CCCA), houses the Hickory Museum of Art and Catawba Science Center. The center also provides offices and/or rehearsal space for the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Hickory Choral Society, and the Catawba County Council for the Arts.
Catawba County Council for the Arts
The Catawba County Council for the Arts is the umbrella cultural organization that develops and advances much of the cultural life of Catawba County. CCCA represents over 55 arts, sciences, and history organizations. The Catawba County Council for the Arts provides many services to the community including publishing a cultural calendar; awarding grants for artists and arts organizations; and coordinating fundraising campaigns. The following seven cultural organizations receive funding from the United Arts Fund campaign.
Catawba Science Center
Come discover how much FUN science can be! With Catawba Science Centers three levels of hands-on exhibits, youll find engaging activities for all ages - including adults. From our "Hall of Life Science" (with a living mountain stream), to our "Naturalist Center" complete with a live alligator, an endangered Indigo snake, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches, to KidSpace (discovery for young children), there is something to fascinate everyone. So come feel the trembling of an earthquake, see yourself as a weather forecaster on TV, and enjoy browsing in our gift shop for unique items that foster creativity, discovery, and learning. Affordable fun for everyone! Open to the public Tuesday through Sunday. Call (828) 322-8169 or visit www.catawbascience.org for more information.
Green Room Community Theatre, Inc.
Fourteen years ago, theatre lovers in Newton formed an amateur theatre for Eastern Catawba County. The Green Room Community Theatre, Inc. produces two musicals, a family show around the holidays, a comedy/drama, and one childrens production each season. The Green Room also offers for children an after-school program and a summer theatre institute.
Hickory Museum of Art
Founded in 1944, Hickory Museum of Art is the second-oldest art museum in North Carolina. The permanent collection consists mainly of American art from the 19th and 20th centuries and includes Catawba Valley pottery, North Carolina glass and paintings by Thomas Cole, William Merritt Chase and Gilbert Stuart, among others. Visitors enjoy works from the permanent collection, as well as traveling exhibitions, art classes, workshops, tours and lectures. HMA is located in the Arts & Science Center of Catawba Valley.
Hickory Choral Society
Comprised of 150 singers, HCS promotes and performs quality choral music concerts, including the Christmas Concert, the Winter Concert, and a Spring Concert often featuring a guest artist. The group has appeared with the North Carolina Symphony and at New York Citys Lincoln Center with the American Symphony. The 1997 season included a concert tour of Great Britain and, in return, HCS hosted the Portsmouth Choral Union from Portsmouth, England in 2000. The Choral Society also offers grants to area public school music instructors through the J. Don Coleman Educational Endowment Fund.
Hickory Community Theatre
HCT is now in its 51st year of providing quality theatre by and for the people of the Unifour area. Comedies, musicals and dramas are performed in the beautiful Charles E. Jeffers Theatre, and downstairs in the more intimate Firemens Kitchen. Each year hundreds of volunteers enjoy working back stage, ushering, stage managing, handling concessions, building sets, helping out with the mailings, as well as performing on the stage. HCT also offers acting and other theatre classes for students of all ages. Learn more about Hickory Community Theatre on line at www.hct.org.
Hickory Landmarks Society
HLS promotes cultural awareness of architecture in the community, while preserving historic sites and neighborhoods. The societys three properties, Maple Grove, Propst House, and The Parsonage, are on the National Register of Historic Places. HLS sponsors annual outreach programs for area children such as Heritage Days and Victorian Christmas tours of the Propst House. Restorations are open to the public.
Western Piedmont Symphony
The professional orchestra presents an annual season of top-notch symphonic music featuring guest artists who are stars of classical music. The Western Piedmont Symphony is also well noted for its outreach to students by bringing Chamber Orchestra concerts to public, private and home-schooled children. The nationally acclaimed Fry Street Quartet, in addition to serving as principal string players in the orchestra, perform popular "Rug Concerts" and "Silver Serenades" to the delight of young and old. Finally, under the sponsorship of the Western Piedmont Symphony, is a Youth Symphony that provides performance opportunities for gifted amateur musicians.
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