The Historical Association of Catawba County maintains four historic properties and two historic cemeteries.


The History Museum of Catawba County is located in the old 1924 Courthouse in the center of Downtown Newton. The main head quarters of the Historical Association of Catawba County, the History Museum houses changing exhibit galleries, our genealogy collection, the original 1924 courtroom, and more.

History Museum of Catawba County
30 N. College Avenue, Newton NC 28658
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(828) 465-0383

Murray's Mill Historic District is located among the rolling hills of eastern Catawba County. The site includes the gristmill, general store, wheathouse, four of the Murray family homes & their corresponding outbuildings. Prominent at the site is the 28-acre millpond with walking trails and a beautiful view.

Murray's Mill Historic District
1489 Murray's Mill Road, Catawba NC 28609
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(828) 241-4299

Just a few blocks from Union Square in Hickory sits the 1887 Harper House. It sits on a hill which allowed Mr. Harper to look downtown into his law office to see who had come to work. Also located on the property is the 1912 Lyerly House, also known as the Hickory History Center. This building houses changing exhibits and is a perfect rental space for small gatherings and celebrations.

Harper House/Hickory History Center
310 N. Center Street, Hickory NC 28601
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(828) 324-7294

The Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, located outside of Claremont, is the last original covered bridge in the state of North Carolina. The bridge is part of Connor Park which includes picnic benches and a little stream; the perfect place for a picnic.

Bunker Hill Covered Bridge (in Connor Park)
4180 E. US Hwy 70, Claremont NC 28610
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(828) 465-0830

Gravestone at the Old Haas Cemetery

The Historical Association maintains two historic cemeteries: the Michael Weidner Cemetery and the Haas Cemetery. The Haas Cemetery contains the grave of local patriot Isaac Wise who was hung as a spy by a band of Tories in 1776.

Michael Weidner Cemetery: 3128 Zion Church Road, Hickory, NC

Haas Cemetery: 1534 Prison Camp Road, Newton, NC
The cemetery can be found by turning on Greenway Avenue and going to the end of the road. From there, you may walk straight to a grove of trees past the field and find the cemetery.