Written by vampirefan on 17 Sep, 2006
Sounds good. What is there to do today? Today the Hauser’s beautiful 1830 home is open for tours. In addition there is a smokehouse, fruit house, corn crib, well house, and tobacco barn on the property. There is also a barn where you can pet…Read More
Sounds good. What is there to do today? Today the Hauser’s beautiful 1830 home is open for tours. In addition there is a smokehouse, fruit house, corn crib, well house, and tobacco barn on the property. There is also a barn where you can pet and feed sheep, horses, and goats. On past the barn there is a lovely nature trail that runs its way down to Horne Creek, which is where the homestead derives its name from. This is a fairly easy hike which takes you first past the Hauser family graves then the graves of the Sawyer children.
There are costumed guides you will take you through the lovely 2-story home. There is a picture taken of the family as they celebrate Charlotte’s 55th birthday. The rooms are set up to show how the family lived. The antiques do not belong to the family. But the Hauser family members provided photographs of their homes so that it looks as if the family still lives there. In the kitchen there is an incredibly beautiful wood oven that is still working. If you are here during the warmer months and there is a cooking demonstration going on, you can certainly appreciate how much hard work went into cooking the family meal. It was comfortable outside when we were here but they were making friend pies in the kitchen and it was like a sauna in there! Plus the poor women wouldn’t have exactly been wearing shorts and a t-shirt in hotter months. If you do happen to be here during a major event then they generally don’t do tours. You just tour the house at your leisure and they do have guides in case you have any questions.
The farm has also been monumental in the growing and preserving more than 400 varieties of old southern apple trees, many of which are almost non-existent anywhere else. This is considered a Southern Heritage Apple Orchard.
Who will like the farm? Everyone! Older visitors may have grown up on a farm such as this one. It is a way to relive their past as a child. Adults will also appreciate the beauty of the home and the land. The nature trail is also a great way to get some exercise while you are here. The animal lovers of any age will enjoy the animals.
Children will be thrilled to get a chance to get close to the animals on the farm. In addition there are also cats running around the family dog for rubs behind the ears and belly. There is also a horse drawn wagon ride through the orchard. Which many adults will also find appealing. I sure did.
What amenities are offered? When you first arrive you will find a visitor center where you can gather more information. They have t-shirts, books, cookbooks, and your typical tourist type items as well as local crafts. Since this is still a working apple orchard you will find a variety of apple products including some farm grown apples. They are divine. John and I got a small bag and the aroma just from moving them out of the bag was nothing like what you get from the grocery store.
The have bathrooms here though if you are here for an event then porta potties serve as bathrooms. There are also vending machines here as well. There is about ¼ of a mile from the parking lot to the farm. It is a pleasant walk, but they do offer rides for those with physical limitations. The handicapped accessibility is limited here. They do offer a camp ground near the creek.
Special events. The farm holds several events throughout the year. We were here for the Peel to Pie event in September. It celebrates the fall apple harvest and includes music, food, games for children, and apples celebrated in a number of ways including fresh apples, fried pies, and butter.
In October they celebrate their Annual Cornshucking Frolic. It features harvesting, shucking, and corn grinding. They also have music, cider making, and corn and apple products for sale. And in December celebrate the season by touring the home by lamplight. They also have an ice cream social and music on the lawn in the summer. In addition workshops and seminars are held throughout the year.
Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Hours may be extended during special events. It is closed on Sunday, Monday, and major holidays.
Admission is free. Some events may carry a fee. Donations accepted. Again I hate to harp but it costs money to run the place so please make a donation if you are here.
For more information please go to www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us and then click on sites and the click on Horne Creek.
1. Make a donation!
2. If you plan on hiking the trail then good sturdy shoes are suggested.
3. Bring handiwipes. Great for removing animal slobber or after porta pottie breaks.
4. Bring your passport to get it stamped. If the visitor’s center is closed, such as at a big event, then ask in the farms store on the grounds.
5.Bring your camera! Lots of photo opportunities! Photos allowed inside the home.
6.Check the web site before you go. Some events require advanced reservations.
Dining/lodging information: . Pilot Mountain, Winston-Salem, and Greensboro are the closest major cities offering dining and lodging and are less than an hour from the farm. Raleigh is less than two hours. There are a number of smaller towns off the highways offering refuge after a day on the farm. Just go to www.visitnc.com and you can find out the smaller cities nearby.
Bonus #1 The people. Not since Disney have I encountered such a nice bunch of people. You never have to hunt for anyone if you have questions. Volunteers will hop on in and are glad to fill your heads with plenty of facts and figures. When I was looking to get my passport stamped one young lady ran around until she could find someone who knew where the stamp was located. And nary an eye roll, huff, or any other indication that I had bothered her. She seemed sincerely glad to help. And when I almost fell on my buttocks getting into the wagon the driver made sure to grab me and between him and John I only had a bruise to prove I was quite clumsy that day!
Bonus #2 The drive in. Oh my! Like most other historical sites the farm is off the main highway or road. When you get on the back roads your eyes are treated to acres upon acres of green and lush farmlands probably much like when the Hausers were here. It just gets prettier with each turn of the car wheel. There are tobacco farms and old tobacco barns still dotting the road and great for photographing. There is also an awesome view of Pilot Mountain from here.
Coming to such a wonderful place is a real treat. For some it may bring back childhood memories for others it offers a chance to experience life when things were much simpler. If you are passing by then I hope you will take the time and enjoy this amazing place. After all it is still nice to go and be in a place that time moves at its own pace!
In 1954 the Moore County Historical Association purchased and restored the home. In 1957 it was opened to the public. In 1972 the Association allowed their lease to expire hereby giving the state the home. The home is now under the protection and designation of…Read More
In 1954 the Moore County Historical Association purchased and restored the home. In 1957 it was opened to the public. In 1972 the Association allowed their lease to expire hereby giving the state the home. The home is now under the protection and designation of the Historic Sites Program.
In addition to the marvelous house there are several other structures on the property. The 1803 cotton barn now serves as a small museum and highlights the home and the area. There is a log structure that was used for storing corn. Though not an original part of the structure (it was taken from a farm in Randolph county) it is correct to the time period and there would have most likely been such a structure on the property. There is also a reconstructed 19th century building called the "commissary’ that was used to house food for the farm hands. There is also garden which is similar to what the family would have had at the time.
There is a visitor center when you first pull in. It is on the right hand side right before you get to the parking area. They have an assortment of local crafts, post cards, and books. You can also get your passport stamped here. They do have a rest room though for special events you do get lucky and get to use the port-a-potty. It is handicapped accessible. The house its self has limited accessibility. There is a handicapped ramp at the house allowing guest to enter the house and enjoy the first floor. Again like many other historic structures, due to the age of the house, the second floor is not handicapped accessible.
Tours of the house are offered every half hour during operating hours. During some events the house will be open but tours are not offered. They will have costumed docents placed in each room who will be glad to answer any questions about the house you may have. Unless otherwise stated, the house will be open to the public at some point during events. The house was recently featured on the PBS show NC Weekend .
From April to October: Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm, Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.
From November to March: Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm, Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.
Closed major holidays.
Admission is free though there are charges for special events and they vary. Donations greatly accepted and highly encouraged by me..vampirefan. These places run mainly on contributions by generous individual such as yourself.
Special events include a militia muster in the spring and a Christmas open house in December. But the biggest event is the battle reenactment held the first full weekend in August. Hundreds of reactors and battle enthusiast’s coverage on this historic site for a weekend of fun and education. Great for the whole family. Check the website for more information on the events and times. Hours may vary for events.
North Carolina’s State Historic Sites by Gary L. McCullough and Marvelous Old Mansions and other Southern Treasures by Sylvia Higginbotham Available from Blair Publishers, www.blairpub.com.
Website: www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us. Then click on the sites section then the House in the Horseshoe.
The nearest towns are Sanford and Carthage where you will find plenty to fill you up after a day of running around the house. During major events there are food vendors on the premises. If you happen to come up Highway 73 you are in for a real treat. You will pass through the pottery highway. This area is well known for its pottery and you will find pottery shops all along the highway.
This house is truly a pleasure to visit. I always marvel at the steadfastness of homes that have managed to survive for almost 250 years. And today this house is still as awe inspiring as when Philip and his family first stepped foot inside. It is a true place for anyone who loves history. Like many of the historic places, the house sits a bit off a major road. As you ride along the back roads you will enjoy the scenery of green pasturelands that hugs ever inch of the bend. I hope if you ever find you’re self this way that you will stop and visit this grand lady.