Meet Our HIckory Ridge Museum Director
Our Hickory Ridge Living History Museum's Director is Ms. Mary Bohlen. We are thrilled to have her expertise and enthusiasm.
Ms. Bohlen’s life reflects her passion for history and historic preservation. Even as a school girl she was absorbed with stories of her family history and visiting historic sites.
She grew up in Tallahassee, Florida but has spent the majority of her life in North Carolina where she graduated with a degree in history from UNC-Charlotte with additional studies at Gardner Webb and Lenoir-Rhyne Universities. She has taught middle school North Carolina history, was the Program Coordinator for the Tarheel Junior Historians within the Education Department at The North Carolina Museum of History, and was the Director of the Iredell Museum. Ms. Bohlen also was the Education Specialist at the North Carolina Transportation Museum where she developed the docent training manual for the Transportations Museum’s historic Spencer Shops.
For over 30 years Mary has both demonstrated and taught open-hearth cooking. She has helped build a log cabin and assisted with relocating a 100 year old cabin. Mary says that her interests have sometimes led her to some of the most interesting places. In 1987 and again in 1992 she traveled to England as a part of her Revolutionary War reenactment group.
Mary writes regularly for a regional magazine, enjoys gardening, riding the Blue Ridge Parkway and spending time with her seven grandchildren.
Mary sees her job as Museum Director at Hickory Ridge as a rare opportunity make a difference and to help bring the Museum to a higher level of awareness in the community. “This is an amazing place and it presents a chance to teach school children and visitors the story of the North Carolina frontier and the rich culture of Appalachia. I am honored to be a part of this important part of Boone.”