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Address: 591 Horn in the West Drive, Boone, NC 28607
Phone Number: +1 828-264-2120
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Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, located on the grounds of "Horn...

Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, located on the grounds of "Horn in the West," is an eighteenth-century living history museum highlighting the daily lives of our mountain ancestors.

At the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum you can learn what life was like in the 1700s as our country was formed and expanded. Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, located on the grounds of "Horn in the West," is an eighteenth-century living history museum highlighting the daily lives of our mountain ancestors. The museum is a production of Southern Appalachian Historical Association.

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Southern Appalachian Historical Association celebrates and preserves the diverse cultural heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountain region. Centered around Daniel Boone and the fight for American Independence, SAHA engages individuals through historical education and cultural entertainment.

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Wonderful reenactors and crafts

Went on a beautiful fall day, enjoyed the craftspeople and the interpretive guides. Small and compact but historically accurate buildings. Loved it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 23, 2015
Bobby L
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Boone, North Carolina
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Boone, North Carolina
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32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Went on a beautiful fall day, enjoyed the craftspeople and the interpretive guides. Small and compact but historically accurate buildings. Loved it.

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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

I arrived here late on a Saturday afternoon after checking out the adjacent Farmer's Market. The docents, all dressed in period costumes, were about to leave but when our group arrived, all decided to stay so that we could hear their stories and background abour the venue we were about to experience. The various buildings, homes, structures, all contained items... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Make sure to add 45 minutes in your schedule before the play and visit the various buildings and talk to the people in costume. They do a great job and it helps understand some of the time period.

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Boone, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Had a great time roaming around here before seeing The Horn in the West! The folks who put this on are very informative and obviously enjoy doing this. We learned a lot and it was great fun!

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Stuart, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This delightful collection of rustic cabins have been relocated to the park adjacent to the Horn in the West theater. These cabins are decorated inside with period furnishings and the re-enactors that are hear truly bring the place to life. The adjacent Farmer's Market is also a must. Well worth the time to stop by.

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Red House, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

Go early to Horn in the West and look in the cabins, etc. Not on flat ground, but walkable. Gift shop too! Very reasonably priced!!

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Mooresville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We loved walking around and speaking to the people that were acting out living history. Nice tour of the grounds and you can imagine what life was like back in the day. Nice little gift shop as you exit. Really nice grounds and staff.

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ml1960, Board of Directors, Southern Appalachian Historical Association, Inc. 501(c)3 at Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of our museum. We are very glad that you enjoyed Hickory Ridge Museum during your visit. Our museum curator and volunteer docents thrive on sharing their knowledge of local history with visitors. Please come back to see us again soon! More 

Charlotte, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Took in the Living Museum before watching the Horn in the West production. Buildings are old cabins collected and relocated from around the the High Country, and the actors make them come to life with demonstrations and stories. Cost is free...but donations are taken. Kids will love this stop.

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ml1960, Board of Directors, Southern Appalachian Historical Association, Inc. 501(c)3 at Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of our museum. We are very glad that you enjoyed Hickory Ridge Museum during your visit to see "Horn in the West". Kids do indeed have fun touring the cabins and seeing the artifacts within. Everyone gets an interesting peek at life in the Appalachian mountains during the 18th and 19th centuries. We are... More 

Cary, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Went on a Saturday when the farmer's market was in the parking lot. Reenactors were cooking rabbit on a spit. They were very informative and kid friendly. Nice spot to walk around and see what living was like back then. The rabbit was pretty tasty too!

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ml1960, Board of Directors, Southern Appalachian Historical Association, Inc. 501(c)3 at Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of our museum. We are very glad that you enjoyed Hickory Ridge Museum during your visit to the Saturday farmers' market. We enjoy representing life in the Appalachian mountains during the 18th and 19th centuries and sharing local heritage. We are very glad you were able to visit us. Please come again! More 

Greenville, North Carolina
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31 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We visited this historic site on a Saturday, after shopping at the farmers market. It was not busy at the time, so one of the guides, "Travis", gave us a personal tour of the buildings and grounds. He would ask us questions about the purpose of certain buildings and artifacts, and then either tell us if we did not know,... More 

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Katy C, Public Relations Manager at Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of our museum! We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to Hickory Ridge and were able to have a personal guided tour from Travis, one of our living historians. We are glad that you included us in your travel plans and hope that you will visit again. More 

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