Yesterday I stepped back in time to the 1840’s. I attended the annual Hart Square Festival in Vale, NC. Once a year Dr. Bob Hart and his family open their village to the public and allow us to step back in time to get a perspective on what life might have been like during this period of time. Once you enter the village you truly feel as if you have entered the 1800’s. Dr. Hart has amassed over 100 log cabins, barns and structures which he has taken down and re-erected on his property. If that is not enough, his collection of authentic antiques that he places in each of these log buildings will simply amaze you. As a collector, this is my favorite place to go to see these type of antiques. Even after 11 years of going, my husband and I can always see something new that we had not seen before. During the festival Demonstrators are there to show you how our ancestors would have lived and how they would have performed everyday tasks in order to survive. Things were not as easy for them then as they are for us now even doing simple things like preparing their meals, washing their clothes or simply getting their food they needed to survive. There is also bluegrass music. Several bands come to play at the festival I think there were as many as 7 or 8 at different cabins around the grounds. It seemed to me this year was even bigger and better than before. I felt as though there were more demonstrators, more young children and of course more cabins. Many people dress in period costume even if they are not part of the docents. It all lends to the experience of Hart Square. A new Education Center is also being built to have classrooms for these type of lost arts and for school children. I feel it is so important to help preserve our past for future generations to come. There is also a civil war reenactment If you go next year the tickets go on sale the first of October and they also now have a website https://hartsquare.com/the-festival/ to get tickets online and to also read more about the Village of Hart Square. I know I can’t wait until next year.