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Patrick Daily Lecture Series

The Patrick Daily Lecture Series is a 3-part keynote presentation regarding notable periods within Hickory’s history. The series was presented by Patrick Daily, Director of the Hickory Landmarks Society and notable author. The live presentations were held in the fall of 2020 at Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block. Each lecture was recorded and can be found via the embedded links below or by visiting the Hickory Landmarks Society Facebook page. Thank you for celebrating our history with us!

The City of Hickory originated with an 18th century log tavern, a hostelry located along the Lincolnton-Morganton Road where stage passengers and travelers by horse could find food, drink, and lodging. Patrick Daily, a 24-year resident of Hickory and academically trained historian, will present a 45-minute program on the city’s roots as a tavern. Daily will share information and stories, including the tavern’s history, imagery, and memorialization.


What was Hickory like 150 years ago? Historian and author Patrick Daily of Hickory will take us back to the year 1870 in Hickory, describing what life was like in the post Civil War village of Hickory Tavern. Historical references, anecdotes, and images from that time will be presented. Facts and Stories compiled from letters written (1870-1880) by an early resident Frank Clinard will also be told.


Wagons were a key to the growth of Hickory as a city. Beginning in 1878 along Horseford Creek, Piedmont Wagon quickly gained success and rivaled the work of leading wagon companies at the center of the industry. Gristmill operator Andrew Ramseur and George Bonniwell, a Pennsylvania lumberman, developed a system of mass production of wagons of multiple varieties. By the 1890’s the company that was established produced as many as 1,000 wagons per month and distributed them throughout the Southeast, until the rise of automobile transportation led to its decline. Patrick Daily will present the industry’s rise and fall over a nearly 90-year period within one of the original, restored factory buildings. He will share with the audience the exciting story of the last remaining structure’s preservation and revival as a major adaptive re-use project.


The City would like to thank the following partners
for the 150th anniversary

Catawba Science Center   Hickory Crawdads   Olde Hickory Brewery   Odaly's Bakery   Sign Systems

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