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Lincolnton history village and artisans store now open year-round

Posted: March 2, 2016 - 12:01am  |  Updated: March 2, 2016 - 4:59pm

LINCOLNTON, Ga. — Starting this year the Lincoln County Historical Park and Lincoln Artisans Gallery will both open year-round on weekends, thanks to a partnership between the Lincoln County Historical Society, Lincoln Artisans Inc. and the Lincoln County Economic Development Authority.

The Lincoln County Historical Park was initially open once a year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving since 1996 as part of the society’s annual Pioneer Days Festival. But under the new partnership the park will now be open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m., and by appointment on weekdays. The partnership is working for additional funding to make the park and Lincoln Artisans Gallery open seven days a week, to accommodate school field trips and weekday tourism.

The Park is a collection of historical buildings and exhibits that have been moved to location from around the county, and includes a 1790 settler’s log cabin, an authentic working 1840s mule-powered cotton gin, an 1890s country store, and more.

The Lincoln Artisans Gallery, now located in the former Woodlawn Country Store at the Park, offers local artworks, crafts, and tours of the park.

Gary Edwards, President of the Lincoln County Historical Society, says the new hours will benefit the entire county. “We now have a great attraction open in Lincolnton every weekend for folks interested in history, and that should give a significant boost for continued expansion and improvements of the Historical Park,” said Edwards.

Bea Mitchum, Gallery Administrator for the Lincoln Artisans Inc, says the partnership offers local artists and craftsmen a chance to display and sell their works year-round. “The Gallery now offers everything from original artworks to stone ground grits, and we’re looking to add more. This provides a great new reason to come spend time in Lincolnton on the weekends, and not just at the gallery, but all of our hometown stores and restaurants,” said Mitchum.

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