The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Maple Grove
Historical Museum

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Maple Grove, Hickory NC

Built in 1883 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this restored Italianate style house features authentic Victorian furnishings and was the home of Adolphus Lafayette Shuford and his family, and is one of the oldest remaining houses in Hickory. It is a simple but handsome representation of the ItalianThe Hickory Landmarks Societyate style. A.L. Shuford was a prominent early citizen of Hickory. When in 1863 the first attempt was made to incorporate the village of Hickory Tavern, Shuford was one of the six founding commissioners. He was also the first agent in Hickory of the Western North Carolina Railroad, and he played an important role in the founding of Claremont College. Shuford is credited with having imported the first Jersey cattle to Catawba County.
   Maple Grove is a two-story frame house with weather-board siding, a pedimented-gable roof, gable-end brick chimneys, a three-bay facade, and a two-story rear ell. One of the most distinctive features of the house is its two-tier front porch with paired chamfered posts, bracketed cornices, and decorative sawn work balustrades. The main body of the house has a center-hall plan with simple detailing. One of the most striking interior features is the closed-string stairs with its heavy chamfered and molded newel and unusual sawn work balustrade reminiscent of the front porch balustrades. In 1973 it was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Location:
Hickory NC
Distance: 1 hour and 15 minutes from Asheville
Address: 542 2nd Street NE, Hickory NC 28601
Telephone: 828-322-4731
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. -5 p.m.
Fees: Hone
Allow: 1 hour
Nearby:
Catawba County Museum of History, Catawba Science Center, Hickory Museum of Art, Hiddenite Center, Historic Murray's Mill
Directions: From Asheville take I-40 East towards Statesville. Take Exit 123A-123B for US 321 toward Hickory. Continue on US 321 North. Turn right at 2nd Avenue NW and turn left at 2nd Street NE.

 

 

 

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