SAHA's Hickory Ridge (Homestead) a living history museum, has a NEW website - please check it out. www.HickoryRidgeMuseum.com
Ridge Homestead, located on the grounds at "Horn in the West," is an
eighteenth-century living history museum highlighting the daily
lives of our mountain ancestors.
Visitors to the museum are allowed a special glimpse into their own
past as interpreters, in period clothing, explain pioneer life and
culture. Regular demonstrations in weaving and hearthside cooking as
well as crafts are presented. You can experience weaving on a 180
year-old loom, spinning wool or any number of hands-on activities
located on the grounds is our museum gifts shop, where visitors may
purchase gifts and souvenirs including shirts, baskets, and stuffed
animals indigenous to our area.
Created in 1980, the museum is meant to further the visitor's
imagination and understanding about the life of the settlers in the
"Horn in the West" drama. Visitors get insight into the lifestyle of
early mountain settlers, how they lived, and what constituted a
'typical' mountain homestead. As well, the self sufficiency of our
forefathers can best be shown through the routines and skills they
possessed that we now think of as arts and crafts. People learn
crafts by doing and watching others perform. From this idea grew the
whole concept of a living museum and hands-on program.
The museum has attempted to capture some of the mood which we feel
was around during the time of the Revolution. Furnishings were
sparse, but the family was diverse with its religion, humor, and
self sufficiency, creating a warm atmosphere. We hope that as you
visit the museum you will feel some of this special quality.
Some Workshops Offered
Corn Husk Dolls
Primitive Life Skills
Hickory Ridge Homestead's
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as over 7,000 students do each year, we invite you to step back into
the past and learn about everyday life on an early American mountain
homestead. Hickory Ridge Homestead Living History Museum offers a
variety of educational programs that focus on the settlement period
200 years ago (1785 - 1805) when folks who settled into this region
had to grow, create, and trade for the necessities of life. Hickory
Ridge's educational programs allow participants to enter a "living
history," sampling a taste of pioneer life as well as learning a
variety of domestic skills.
educational programs of Hickory Ridge Homestead include the general
tour, children's craft workshops, the live-in program, summer day
camps, and Early American Skills Workshops. In the General tour,
kids of all ages enjoy exploring the historic buildings on the
grounds such as the Tatum cabin built in 1785 and learning the ways
early settlers lived and survived. Optional craft workshops are
available for pre-arranged groups who are interested in stepping
into the past for a one or two night visit.
During the summer, children's day camps will be offered for children
ages 5 - 13, including frontier camps, naturalist camps. Additional
Early American Skills Workshops for children and adults will be
offered on scheduled Saturdays.
All of these programs stress the inter-relatedness of the early
settlers with nature, allowing participants to see and experience
the self sufficiency of the people who made their homes in the hills
and coves of the region.
For more information about these or any other programs, e-mail the
main office at
HornOperations@hotmail.com. Please indicate in your subject line
Inquiry for HRH.
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