Community Vision Forum

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
First Presbyterian Church Community Room
237 Second Street NW, Downtown Hickory
Free, reservations required.

People often ask HDDA about the fireplace that stands on the east side of the Olde Hickory Station on Second Street SW. Do you know the story? It dates back to the Civil War.

In 1769, a road was commissioned by Rowan from the cove of the North Fork of the Catawba River traveling "the best way" to Salisbury by way of Sherrills Ford. The purpose of the road was to move troops and supplies.

In 1779, Colonel Christopher Beekman surveyed a 640 acre tract of land which was granted to William McMullen in 1783. By 1799, the Hickory Tavern was built in what is now Downtown Hickory. The chimney still stands where the log cabin, known as the Hickory Tavern, was originally located. Hickory Tavern was THE place to exchange goods and learn the news of the war.

The town named Hickory Tavern was incorporated. Later the name of the town was changed when the word "tavern" was dropped. Thus, the township of Hickory got its name.

That is the history of the past...
You're invited to help decide the future...

Please join us in creating a shared vision for the future. A Community Vision Forum, facilitated by the NC Main Street Center, is planned for Tuesday, April 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the First Presbyterian Church.

The forum is free; however, registration is required.
Please RSVP to HDDA at or by calling 828-322-1121 by April 7.

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