Barger House. Lace-making is demonstrated in this building.
The Barger family, tanners by trade, built this house in Hickory in the late 1850s. It was disassembled and moved to Hart Square in 1987, taking almost two years to reconstruct. The thirty foot logs across the front are (or were) the longest in the entire village. Many buildings having been added during the years that I have been demonstrating bobbin lace at this annual event. The chimney was reconstructed from the home's original hand-made bricks. Although the fireplace and chimney were no longer in use prior to the move and reconstruction, it is now fully functional and a delight to sit beside a fire on cold mornings.
The Hart's furnished this house as though it were the home of the village's spinster weaver. For the Annual Festival, it is used to demonstrate weaving, spinning of both flax (linen) and wool, as well as bobbin lace. I have made bobbin lace in this house since at least 1994.
(Information source: Dr. Robert Hart.)