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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

  • Tour the Store!
    Tour the Store!
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Feb 25
    Hugh Torance House and Store
    Feb 25, 2024, 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
    Hugh Torance House and Store, 8231 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Feb 25, 2024, 1:15 PM – 2:15 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.
  • Ghost Hunt
    Ghost Hunt
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Mar 02
    Hugh Torance House & Store
    Mar 02, 2024, 6:30 PM – Dec 07, 2024, 9:30 PM
    Hugh Torance House & Store, 8231 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Mar 02, 2024, 6:30 PM – Dec 07, 2024, 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 Charlotte Area Paranormal Society.
  • HEARTS Irish Connections '24
    HEARTS Irish Connections '24
    Sat, Mar 16
    Huntersville
    Mar 16, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Huntersville, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Mar 16, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Huntersville, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Join us to dig deeper into the historic Irish roots of Hugh Torance and those before him who settled in this region, featuring local history and traditional Irish music and dance.
  • HEARTS May 1775 - Part One
    HEARTS May 1775 - Part One
    Sat, May 11
    Cedar Grove
    May 11, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Cedar Grove, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    May 11, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Cedar Grove, 8229 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    What was May of 1775 really like? Join David Fleming and Scott Syfert to hear their insights and enjoy art, music, and dance at Cedar Grove for Part One of our exploration of May 1775, the year of the Meck Dec.
  • HEARTS May 1775 - Part Two
    HEARTS May 1775 - Part Two
    Sat, May 25
    Hugh Torance House and Store
    May 25, 2024, 11:00 AM – 11:05 AM
    Hugh Torance House and Store, 8231 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    May 25, 2024, 11:00 AM – 11:05 AM
    Hugh Torance House and Store, 8231 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
    Immerse yourself in life in May 1775 with a living history fair at the Hugh Torance House and Store, featuring reenactors and living history for all ages in Part Two of our exploration of May 1775, the month and year of the Meck Dec.
  • HEARTS Junion '24
    HEARTS Junion '24
    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
    HEARTS Healing History '24
    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 hidden history of local herbs and plants by featured botanist, Aaron Kampe, along with art, music, and dance celebrating the ecology of our region.
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