HARPER HOUSE/HICKORY HISTORY CENTER
Daily Tours on the hour: 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm
For a Harper House Tour, please check in at the Hickory History Center (Arts & Crafts style home) first.
Hickory History Center: Free for individuals and groups less than 10 people, groups of 10 or more $8.00/person plus tax
Harper House Guided Tour:
Ages 6-17 $8.00
Children 5 & Under Free
School groups call for tour quote (828) 324-7294
Location: 310 N. Center Street, Hickory NC 28601
The Harper House
Considered by the North Carolina Department of Archives and History to possess "the finest Queen Anne interior styling in the entire state,” the Harper House, at 310 N. Center Street, and the accompanying Bonniwell-Lyerly House in the Craftsman style, another of Hickory’s finest structures, are poised to serve the broad spectrum of Catawbans and visitors from near and far as the Harper House & Hickory History Center.
A momentous preservation project, with the Historical Association of Catawba County raising $2,000,000 for restorations, the Harper House welcomes visitors as a house museum, interpreting both Hickory history, through the numerous significant families who lived in the house, and Victorian life in the South, circa 1887, the date of the house’s construction. On the same lot, the Lyerly House, rescued and moved for preservation on June 24, 2004, is devoted to the further interpretation of Hickory’s rich past, serving as the Betty Allen Education Center and Margaret Huggins Gallery, as well as a conference facility. Exhibits include The Miracle of Hickory and The Three R's of Hyalyn: Relatable, Remarkable, Refined.
The Lyerly House (Hickory History Center)
As the Betty Allen Education Center and Margaret Huggins Gallery, the Bonniwell-Lyerly House, in the Craftsman style, offers museum exhibits on Hickory’s rich history, as well as conference space. Josephine Hambrick and her brother Robert T. Hambrick, fulfilling their mother Josephine Lyerly Hambrick’s wish that the structure be saved, graciously arranged for its preservation, and on June 24, 2004, the HACC moved the structure from its original site, two lots away, beside Frye Hospital, to the Harper House lot.