Hickory Ridge Living History Museum

Come Live Your History at Hickory Ridge!

The Mountains of North Carolina are rich in history. The Cherokee Indians, Daniel Boone and other early explorers and settlers are an important part of the history of our country. 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 is located on the grounds of Horn in the West, the nation’s oldest Revolutionary War drama, in Boone, North Carolina. Hickory Ridge Living History Museum was created in 1980 to foster a better understanding of the life of the settlers in the Horn in the West outdoor drama.

Season and Hours: The Museum is open to the public  Tuesdays-Fridays, April 1st -November 30th. Admission with complementary tours is $5 for Adults and $3 for Children.  Tours depart from the Museum Store at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm*. Hickory Ridge is also open evenings, late June – early August, 5:30-8:00, before the curtain time of Horn in the West. (Closed Mondays.) 

Staffed with interpreters in period clothing, the 18th century homestead gives visitors a glimpse into the past and a feeling for the daily lives of early mountain settlers including how they lived, and what constituted a ‘typical’ mountain homestead. The museum also provides insight into the self sufficiency of our forefathers by showing the routines and skills they possessed such as hearthside cooking, weaving, making candles, spinning, blacksmithing, etc.

The museum strives to recreate the atmosphere of a small mountain community around the time of the Revolutionary War when furnishings were sparse but the family life and self-sufficiency created a warm atmosphere.

School groups are always welcome at Hickory Ridge.

We can tailor the programming to specific age groups. Educational activities not only include talks from re-enactors dressed in period clothing, but also crafting activities such as corn-husk doll making and candle-dipping. These activities are all authentically presented and will allow the students a hands-on experience of life in the 18th century.

Pricing is dependent upon number of participants. Please call  (828) 264-2120 or email our Museum Director Dave Davis for more information and to schedule a group experience.

*Note: Guests are welcome to visit our Museum Store any time between 9:30 am and 3:00 pm to browse our wonderful colonial wares, and also purchase museum tickets. The Museum is only accessible through our two daily tours and 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, or anytime between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm on show nights.