Once the Hauser family farm, Horne Creek enables visitors to experience farm life in North Carolina's northwestern Piedmont circa 1900. The site features the family's original farm house, a tobacco curing barn, a corn crib, adjacent fields under cultivation, and even a heritage apple orchard. Through programs ranging from old fashioned ice cream socials to an annual corn shucking frolic, Horne Creek Living Historical Farm provides a unique opportunity to learn about our rural past.
Hours and Location
Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday, and most major holidays
308 Horne Creek Farm Road
Pinnacle, N.C. 27043
Admission is free
Donations are appreciated
Horne Creek Living Historical Farm is a working farm with livestock, poultry, dogs and cats. No pets other than service animals are allowed on the grounds.
Guided tours are available for groups of all sizes upon request and scheduled in advance.
- Historic Structures
- The farm includes the Hauser farmhouse (1880), restored and furnished to the circa 1900-1910 era, well/wash house, fruit house, smokehouse, double-crib log feed barn, tobacco curing barn, corncrib, and reconstructed fruit and vegetable dry house.
- Visitor Center
- A temporary visitor center at the site contains offices, restrooms, a gift shop, and exhibits.
- Trails, Monuments, Outdoor Exhibits
- Horne Creek Walking-Nature Trail (moderate, approximately one-quarter mile) starts at the temporary visitor center and runs through the historic area past the family cemetery, along Horne Creek, and through a beautiful wooded ridge, returning to the visitor center parking lot. The cemetery includes descendants of the Hauser and Sawyers families and several unidentified graves.
- Handicapped Accessibility
- The visitor center is accessible to all visitors from a gravel parking lot. There is a 300-yard path to the historic buildings. This is accessible with wheelchair assistance or by van for groups. Gravel pathways access the farmhouse; wheelchairs need assistance.
- Picnic Facilities
- A shaded area with nine picnic tables and four rest benches is adjacent to the visitor center.
- Gift Shop
- A sales desk with historical replicas, homemade jams and jellies, and mementos is located in the temporary visitor center.
Programs, Group Activities
Special events throughout the year focus on farm and domestic life of the early 1900s (sheep shearing, pie baking, cornshuckings, ice cream socials, musical afternoons, children’s games, and plowing with draft animals). Hands-on activities are available spring, summer, and fall for scheduled groups. Guided tours are available upon request. Costumed interpreters demonstrate farm and domestic chores on certain days.