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Hugh Torance House
& Store

Travel through time with HEARTS (History, Ecology, Arts, Reunion, Trails, and Store) at the Hugh Torance House and Store in Huntersville, NC.

Welcome

The historic Hugh Torance House and Store is North Carolina's oldest surviving store and one of Mecklenburg County’s few surviving 18th-century structures.  Located in Huntersville, North Carolina, the Store is the hub for all program offerings.

Operated by the Hugh Torance House and Store (HTHS), a private 501c3 nonprofit, we are dedicated to sharing the history of the site through the mission and vision of HEARTS, connecting the Store with Cedar Grove, the 1831 Greek Revival home of James Torrance, son of Hugh and Isabella Torance.
 

Through utilizing History, Ecology, Arts, Reunion, Trails, and Store, we strive to create unique place-based experiences intertwining the history of this site from prehistoric times to modern-day, with its people, nature, and the arts; connecting the deep past of our region.

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Upcoming Events

  • Take a Historic Tour of the Oldest Standing Store in NC
    Take a Historic Tour of the Oldest Standing Store in NC
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Jun 02
    Hugh Torance House and Store
    Jun 02, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Hugh Torance House and Store, 8231 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Jun 02, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Hugh Torance House and Store, 8231 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Come and visit the Hugh Torance House and Store, NC's oldest standing store, dating from 1779. Join us and step back in time on a guided tour and more!
  • HEARTS Junion '24: Ancestry, Dance, Live Grooves, and More
    HEARTS Junion '24: Ancestry, Dance, Live Grooves, and More
    Sat, Jun 22
    Cedar Grove
    Jun 22, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Cedar Grove, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Jun 22, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Cedar Grove, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Join us for HEARTS 3rd annual Junion for an exploration of regional history through the lens of genealogy, along with live music, dance, and local ecology. Featuring noted genealogist and Co-Chairperson for the HEARTS Reunion Project, Andre' Kearns.
  • HEARTS Healing History '24: Wild in the Garden
    HEARTS Healing History '24: Wild in the Garden
    Sat, Jul 20
    Cedar Grove
    Jul 20, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Cedar Grove, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Jul 20, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Cedar Grove, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Presenting the history and practice of the naturalistic gardening movement by botanist Aaron Kampe, along with the empowering and uplifting music of singer/songwriter Christy Snow.
  • Ghost Hunt
    Ghost Hunt
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Aug 03
    Hugh Torance House & Store
    Aug 03, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Hugh Torance House & Store, 8231 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Aug 03, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Hugh Torance House & Store, 8231 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Do you think the oldest store in North Carolina is haunted? Come find out at our authentic ghost hunt led by the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society!
  • HEARTS Sacred Grounds '24: Over the Wall
    HEARTS Sacred Grounds '24: Over the Wall
    Sat, Aug 24
    Cedar Grove
    Aug 24, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Cedar Grove, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Aug 24, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Cedar Grove, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Interested in learning more about the burial grounds of the enslaved in our region? Join us to learn more about this topic through HEARTS (History, Ecology, Arts, Reunion, Trails, Store).
  • HEARTS Circle Members' Gala '24 featuring Kyshona
    HEARTS Circle Members' Gala '24 featuring Kyshona
    Sat, Sep 07
    Cedar Grove
    Sep 07, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Cedar Grove, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Sep 07, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Cedar Grove, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Private house concert at Cedar Grove by Kyshona, and featuring a Southern gourmet farm to table dinner by the Carolina Farm Trust.
  • HEARTS Catawba Nation
    HEARTS Catawba Nation
    Sat, Oct 19
    Cedar Grove
    Oct 19, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Cedar Grove, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Oct 19, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Cedar Grove, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    HEARTS Catawba Nation features Native American History, Ecology, Art, Dance, Music, and Crafts at Cedar Grove.
  • HEARTS Harvest '24
    HEARTS Harvest '24
    Sat, Nov 09
    Cedar Grove
    Nov 09, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Cedar Grove, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Nov 09, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Cedar Grove, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Join us for HEARTS Harvest '24 to learn more about harvest history in our region, enjoy a tasting, live music, art, and more.
  • HEARTS Winter Wisdom '24
    HEARTS Winter Wisdom '24
    Sat, Dec 07
    Cedar Grove
    Dec 07, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Cedar Grove, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Dec 07, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Cedar Grove, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    HEARTS Winter Wisdom '24 welcomes back Margaret "Chuck" Basinger, a descendant of Hugh Torance who grew up in Cedar Grove. She'll share her memories growing up in the house and on the site. Live music and winter nature tips.
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