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Hickory Ridge Living History Museum

Address: 591 Horn in the West Drive, Boone, NC 28607
Phone Number: +1 828-264-2120
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Ranked #6 of 10 Attractions in Boone
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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. MISSION STATEMENT 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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Greenville, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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

Columbus, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The museum represents an 18th century mountain homestead like those of Daniel Boone's contemporaries. We enjoyed both the buildings and the first-person re-enactors and craftspeople. It was a pleasant way to spend the hour before viewing the outdoor drama on the same site.

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

Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. We are glad that you enjoyed Hickory Ridge before seeing a performance of Horn in the West that evening. We strive to make our museum an accurate representation of life in the Appalachian mountains during the late 1700s. The volunteer costumed interpreters love sharing local history with guests like you,... More

Pinebluff, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I worked at this museum back in 1999 and was sadly disappointed to find that the hours are now very restricted. We went on Saturday morning when their website said they should be open but they were closed. The buildings are in better repair than when I was there and they have added a blacksmith's shop but looking at the... More

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

Thank you for your feedback about our museum. We operate with a volunteer staff, and, unfortunately, there are times when we have to close unexpectedly. We regret that this impacted your visit to Boone and wish we could have met a Hickory Ridge alumni! Typically, Hickory Ridge Museum is open on Saturday mornings, May through October, nightly before performances of... More

Rogersville, Tennessee
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

The Museum is a great to visit prior to the outdoor drama Horn in the West. It sets the "stage". It allows one to see up close and personal the way the mountain people lived.

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DC
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

The museum itself is simply a few cabins with some artifacts inside. A good tour guide could make the place come alive, however. We did not have such a guide. Our guide was obviously new and not as well-versed in the history of the cabins as he might have been. It really needs enthusiasm as well as knowledge. There is... More

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Orange Park, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Under more of a field trip or camp atmosphere maybe you get more out of it. We found it to look interesting but not really have the follow through, however, we went through it in the evening before the Horn in the West show. We had to pull information out of the costumed actors. Also, it says free admission for... More

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Berea, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

The Hickory Ridge Homestead Museum is a very interesting historical stop in Boone, NC. It is a recreational reenactment of the original homesteaders in the region, complete with cabins and everything! My colleagues and I were not able to participate in the reenactment, but we were able to stop in and check out the cabins on our way to the... More

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Boone, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

I went with my son when his school went on a field trip, and I had a great time. Very educational, but also a lot of fun.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We were in town visiting when the heritage festival was being held on October 13. It was interesting and entertaining. Not enough women's bathrooms to accommodate the large crowd, however.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We made a trip out to the Watagua County Farmers Market which is held in the Horn of the West parking lot on Saturday morning. What a great market! After putting all our goodies in the car, we went back to visit the Hickory Ridge Living Museum. There were actors/artisans in period costumes around a group of log cabins weaving,... More

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