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Hickory NC

Hickory NC “Meetings Well Crafted “


Town of Hickory NC

Just an hour south of the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance lies Hickory, North Carolina. The City of Hickory is a great destination for furniture shopping and for a variety of recreational opportunities. There are an abundance of places to eat, stay and you can even catch the Hickory Crawdads baseball game! The town hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, so be sure to plan accordingly as to not miss out on these great events! 





History of Hickory North Carolina
Under a huge Hickory Tree, Henry Robinson built a tavern of logs in the 1850s. The city of “Hickory Tavern” was established around this in 1863 and the name was  eventually changed to “Hickory” in 1873. 

The first train ran through this city in 1859. The community of Hickory was first in many things in North Carolina including the council-manager form of government it adopted in 1913. Hickory was also one of the first towns to have electric lights in 1888 and a complete sewage system in 1904. 

One of the oldest furniture manufacturers  can be found here and is still operated on the original site. During World War II, the factory made ammunition boxes for the U.S. Military instead of furniture. 

In 1944, during the height of World War II, Hickory became the center of one of the worst polio outbreaks ever recorded. Since local facilities were inadequate to treat the victims, citizens of Hickory and the March of Dimes built a hospital to care for the children of the region. It only took 54 hours for the community to put together the equipment, doctors and patients in the new facility. More buildings were quickly added and A Red Cross official on the scene praised the project “as the most outstanding example of cooperative effort he has ever seen”. This event was later known as “Miracle of Hickory.” 







Hickory Hops Brew Festival 
Every year Hickory, North Carolina offers plenty for all beer lovers! From inexperience beer novices to hardened beer fest veterans, this festival caters to all! This event attracts thousands of people to Downtown! People flock to this festival to sample beer from more than 40 different microbreweries and to enjoy live music! Past fest-goers have described this event as “the most fun they’ve ever had in downtown Hickory!”



Hickory’s Oktoberfest
Much like all other Oktoberfest, Hickory’s will offer fun for the whole family! The festival will feature two beer gardens, amusement rides and carnival games, arts and crafts shows! There will also be non-stop live entertainment that ranges from polka to rock & roll, and hundreds of food and commercial vendors! Much like a good beer, this Oktoberfest is something you can’t pass up! 



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