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 raises 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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  • 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 »
  • My husband and I visited during the time of Covid. The indoor exhibits were closed, but there was a small display outside behind the visitors center detailing the history of the farm and inviting...  more »
  • I loved this place! The tour through the house was very interesting. They didn't have the rooms roped off so we went inside every room and took pictures. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Google Horne Creek for upcoming events!
  • Very nice outing for a couple of hours. Old motors were on display and chugging along. People were eager to share their knowledge. Good eats were on hand after a self guided walking tour. Very sociable group and knowledgeable.
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