Seniors Stop In Furniture City

images Hickory is a city located primarily in Catawba County, North Carolina, with parts in adjoining Burke and Caldwell counties. The estimated population is 40,000+.  Senior visitors will find Hickory one great place to check out furniture.  We did anyway on our trip through North Carolina.

The name alone radiates with wood and furniture.  “In the 1850s, under a huge hickory  tree, Henry Robinson built a tavern of logs. The city of Hickory Tavern was established in 1863, and the name was eventually changed to Hickory in 1873″. The city is very famous for some of the finest names in furniture.


Yes, Hickory is known across the world for its quality hand-crafted furniture, designed by artists and built by craftsman from the Hickory Metro. Hickory is home to one of the oldest furniture manufacturers in the United States that is still located and operated on the original site.

Hickory White, formerly known as Hickory Manufacturing Company, was built in 1902 and has been in continuous operation ever since. It is estimated 60% of the nation’s furniture used to be produced within a 200-mile (320 km) radius of Hickory. Forty percent of the world’s fiber optic cable is made in the Hickory area.

Historical Furniture Construction


There is lots of history for furniture construction in and around Hickory. For more than 110 years the furniture industry has been a major employer in the Hickory Metro and local furniture companies are growing. Their reputations are built on quality furniture that can be passed from generation to generation.

Local manufacturers are adapting with the latest technology that allows them to customize orders for customers. “The Furniture. Well Crafted, hands-on exhibit at Catawba Science Center is about our community” said Alan Barnhardt, Catawba Science Center Executive Director.

“It begins with the history of furniture manufacturing in our area, then senior visitors can learn about modernized technology utilized in furniture making today.” It’s where senior visitors will want to start their visit to Hickory.


Seniors Enjoy An All American City

And sports. Hickory is home to the Hickory Crawdads, an affiliate of the Texas Rangers. It is also home to the Hickory Motor Speedway, nationally known as the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars.

If you know anything about All-American Cities, Hickory has been named an “All-American City” three times. What an honor! The Award is given annually to only ten cities in the United States. Reader’s Digest selected Hickory as  the 10th best place to live and raise a family in the United States.

Visit Hickory, senior travelers and see for yourself how and why it so outstanding.  jeb


  1. Mick says:

    Thanks for the “shout out”. We pride ourselves on being a community with lots to do for visitors and yet small enough that we don’t have the big destination issues of traffic and crime.

  2. Mr. Becker –

    I just read your blog “Seniors visit Hickory, North Carolina”. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience in our wonderful city with others! I have often said that the best advertisement for our city is not what we prepare but the unsolicited true experiences of those who visit and travel through our city each and every day. I am glad you had a wonderful visit and I greatly appreciate you highlighting our history and heritage. I can’t thank you enough for your kind words and for sharing your experience with others…..we have many wonderful things planned for our future. If you have the opportunity please visit our website at to learn more about our plans for the future. We invite you to visit our city again and look forward to reading about your future endeavors!

    Hank L. Guess
    City of Hickory
    Alderman Ward 4

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