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Horne Creek Living Historical Farm, Pinnacle

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Horne Creek Farm is a historical farm near Pinnacle, Surry County, North Carolina. The farm is a North Carolina State Historic Site that belongs to the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and it is operated to depict farm life in the northwest Piedmont area c. 1900. The historic site includes the late 19th century Hauser Farmhouse, which has been furnished to reflect the 1900-1910 era, along with other supporting structures. The farm raised animal breeds that were common in the early 20th century. The site also includes the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard, which preserves about 800 trees of about 400 heritage apple varieties. A visitor center includes exhibits, a gift shop and offices.

The State Historic Site regularly hosts special events, which focus on farm life and techniques from the early 20th century, and include sheep shearing, corn shucking, ice cream socials, heritage crafts, music and pie baking.

The farmhouse was built about 1880, and is a two-story, three-bay, single-pile log building with weatherboard sheathing and a wood-shingled gable roof. Also on the property are the contributing double-crib log barn (c. 1846), wellhouse/washhouse (c. 1880), log smokehouse (c. 1880), log tobacco barn (c. 1910), corncrib (c. 1930), a fruit house (c. 1900) and family cemetery (c. 1853). A reconstructed fruit and vegetable drying house was placed where the original once stood.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
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  • I absolutely loved our visit here! The staff are wonderful and go above and beyond to provide a great historical experience. They know this farm and the history so well and their enthusiasm is... 
    I absolutely loved our visit here! The staff are wonderful and go above and beyond to provide a great historical experience. They know this farm and the history so well and their enthusiasm is...  more »
  • This is a very interesting place to visit to learn about farm life in turn of the century North Carolina. The hosts are very knowledgeable about this working farm and you are free to explore the... 
    This is a very interesting place to visit to learn about farm life in turn of the century North Carolina. The hosts are very knowledgeable about this working farm and you are free to explore the...  more »
  • This was a great experience, especially for children. Staff at the Visitor's Center give you an overall history and explain the displays. Then you can either get a guided tour of the grounds or... 
    This was a great experience, especially for children. Staff at the Visitor's Center give you an overall history and explain the displays. Then you can either get a guided tour of the grounds or...  more »
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  • Horne Creek Living Historical Farm is a wonderful place to visit. It takes you back in time in a very authentic way. The visitor center is very helpful. The animals were a great experience for a six-year old, it was good for a child to lean about farm animals and farm life in a setting like this. He loved the big peaceful mule, the goats, the sheep, and the chickens especially, not to mention the dogs and cats! Being surrounded by state park land, this farm is very quiet and has an authentic feel of silence among the surrounding woods. It really helps you to imagine what life must have been like here over 100 years ago! Plus, there is a great display of quilts in the friendly visitor center, and there are other events during the year that are worth checking out. We love Horne Creek Farm!
  • One of the best historic sites in NC. Working farm with farm animals, old buildings, restored buildings, plenty to look at and do. The folks there are soooo friendly, knowledgeable, and easy to converse with.
  • Horne Creek Living Historical Farm was very interesting and educational. My husband and I enjoyed walking down and the trail and feeling like you were truly stepping back in time. We really enjoyed leisurely exploring a working farm set back in time . We also enjoyed the visitor center. We got some of their BlackBerry drink. It was very good and if we’re in the area again will definitely will be stocking up. We enjoyed talking to the people in the visitor center and listening to the history. Definitely will go back when we’re in the area again.
  • An amazing Docent with a fabulous tour! Loved every minute! The tour was fascinating and so much to look at. Goats, lambs and chickens and so much more! Amazing people! Such dedication and such love for this historical land mine! Such an incredible find!!
  • Can't say enough about this gem. Rich history that includes a preservationist's life's work. Staff was extremely knowledgeable, able to answer all questions regarding every aspect of the farm's history. Facilities included handicapped parking, clean restrooms, and picnic tables. We were offered samples of several different varieties of apples. We were thankful to buy some along with a number of gifts from their shop. After touring the grounds, my wife and I were shuttled back to the visitor's center. We had a short picnic in the shade afterward before heading out. This is a stop that any age patron could welcome. Thanks for your dedication and work!

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