Hoggatt House – High Point, North Carolina - Atlas Obscura

High Point, North Carolina

Hoggatt House

This colonial cabin is the oldest building in High Point, built by one of the first settlers in the area. 

The Hoggatt House was built by Philip Hoggatt (sometimes spelled Hoggat or Hogget depending on how it was written and who was writing it) around 1754. The Hoggatt family can trace its roots back to the 1650s in what is now Virginia and North Carolina. They were some of the earliest settlers in the High Point area, and built their log cabin in what was then wilderness.

The colonial cabin was originally just one room, but a second room was added on later. The Hoggatts started their own pottery shop and designed a pattern that became unique to the family, and the house has a few pieces of this early pottery on display today. The cabin was moved to the High Point Museum property in the 1990s, and now serves as a living history museum, where reenactors on site show visitors what life was like in the 1750s.

The Hoggatt House was nearly destroyed in December of 2004 when lightning struck the roof. The structure was severely damaged and still shows charred timbers in the attic roof structure, but thanks to quick action by the local firefighters, the cabin was saved. It was later restored and effort was taken to preserve as much of the original structure as possible. The grave of Philip and Mary Hoggatt is also preserved, located in a cemetery at the Springfield Friends Meeting House nearby.

Know Before You Go

The Hoggatt House is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located on the grounds of the High Point Museum. During the summers months, the museum is open on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Other attractions on the museum property include the John Haley House and a working blacksmith shop.

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