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Harper House

Hickory, NC

Residence built in 1887

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ABOUT HARPER HOUSE

The History:

The Harper Family was the last of seven families to occupy the Harper House, as some locals still refer to it. Daniel Webster Shuler, originally from Michigan and who founded Hickory’s first bank, built the house in 1887. The Harper Family’s stay was by far the longest—from 1923, when Finley Gwyn Harper, Sr. (1880-1951), who operated Harper Motor Company, purchased it from Mrs. Minnie C. Taylor, to December 21, 2000, when Anne McPherson Harper Bernhardt, Lee Corinne Harper Vason, Mary Gwyn Harper Addison, and Betty Banks Harper Shelander—the daughters of Finley Gwyn Harper, Jr., and his wife Mary Banks McPherson Harper—generously arranged its acquisition by the HACC.

The Harpers’ long stay was also providential, for each of the three generations appreciated the house’s architectural significance, preserving the foyer’s carved, coffered ceiling and intricate stained-glass window; the parquet floors of the dining room and family parlor; the ornate brass-work of the heavy doorknobs, sashes, keyplates, and many sets of pocket doors; the piano-grade cherry of the staircase with two landings and the dining room’s carved wainscoting, as well as the numerous silhouettes of family friends on the walls of the attic, where Mr. and Mrs. Harper, Sr., entertained during Prohibition.

The Investigation:

During this public investigation, you'll get to join our team for the night as we explore this historically haunted location. You will get to experience an opening vigil where we ground ourselves and then introduce ourselves to the spirits and invite them to interact with us for the night, several vigils that focus on using various ghost hunting tools and techniques, access to parts of the building that are normally off limits to the public and an period of self exploration where you can use your own equipment (or borrow Great State Paranormal's equipment) and partake in your own investigations. 

Note for those with mobility challenges: This location is NOT recommended for those who have difficulty with mobility. There are many stairs, some of them steep, and there is not a ramp or elevator present. The stairs have railing available, but the rails are low, consistent with the style of the house. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any special request, please get in contact with us and we will attempt to find a reasonable accommodation. 

EVENT ITINERARY

Check in/ Introductions
Location Tour and Paranormal History
Refreshment Break
Opening Vigil, Calling Out to the Spirits
Guided Investigation and Introduction to Equipment
Refreshment Break
Free Roam with Team Equipment
Opportunity for Individual Vigils with Experienced Investigators
Regrouping and Closing Vigil

Upcoming Events

  • Benton Hall | October 19, 2024
    Benton Hall | October 19, 2024
    Wed, May 29
    Benton Hall Community Arts Center
    May 29, 2024, 7:00 PM – May 30, 2024, 3:00 AM
    May 29, 2024, 7:00 PM – May 30, 2024, 3:00 AM
    Experience the thrills and sorrows of the spirits of this active theatre and former school.
  • Harper House | July 13, 2024
    Harper House | July 13, 2024
    Sat, Jul 13
    Harper House & Hickory History Center
    Jul 13, 2024, 7:00 PM – Jul 14, 2024, 3:00 AM
    Jul 13, 2024, 7:00 PM – Jul 14, 2024, 3:00 AM
    Experience the echoes of the past that linger in this Victorian Manner.
  • Trivette Clinic | August 31, 2024
    Trivette Clinic | August 31, 2024
    Sat, Aug 31
    Trivette Clinic
    Aug 31, 2024, 7:00 PM – Sep 01, 2024, 3:00 AM
    Aug 31, 2024, 7:00 PM – Sep 01, 2024, 3:00 AM
    Check In with the spirits that linger in this former hospital.
  • USS NC Battleship | Sept 14, 2024
    USS NC Battleship | Sept 14, 2024
    Sat, Sep 14
    USS North Carolina Battleship
    Sep 14, 2024, 7:00 PM – Sep 15, 2024, 3:00 AM
    Sep 14, 2024, 7:00 PM – Sep 15, 2024, 3:00 AM
    USS North Carolina Battleship. Chose your level of access, will you be a Specter or a Phantom?
  • Harper House | October 12, 2024
    Harper House | October 12, 2024
    Sat, Oct 12
    Harper House & Hickory History Center
    Oct 12, 2024, 7:00 PM – Oct 13, 2024, 3:00 AM
    Oct 12, 2024, 7:00 PM – Oct 13, 2024, 3:00 AM
    Experience the echoes of the past that linger in this Victorian Manner.
  • USS NC Battleship | April 27, 2024
    USS NC Battleship | April 27, 2024
    Sat, Apr 27
    USS North Carolina Battleship
    Apr 27, 2024, 7:00 PM – Apr 28, 2024, 3:00 AM
    Apr 27, 2024, 7:00 PM – Apr 28, 2024, 3:00 AM
    USS North Carolina Battleship. Chose your level of access, will you be a Specter or a Phantom?
  • Trivette Clinic ParaFest
    Trivette Clinic ParaFest
    Sat, Apr 13
    Trivette Clinic
    Apr 13, 2024, 10:00 AM – Apr 14, 2024, 4:00 AM
    Apr 13, 2024, 10:00 AM – Apr 14, 2024, 4:00 AM
    First Ever Paranormal Festival at Trivette Clinic in Hamptonville, NC
  • Old Round Up | November 18, 2023
    Old Round Up | November 18, 2023
    Sat, Nov 18
    Old Round Up
    Nov 18, 2023, 7:00 PM – Nov 19, 2023, 4:00 AM
    Nov 18, 2023, 7:00 PM – Nov 19, 2023, 4:00 AM
    Ghost Hunt at the Old Round Up. Chose your level of access, will you be a Specter or a Phantom?
  • 1924 Courthouse | October 20, 2023
    1924 Courthouse | October 20, 2023
    Fri, Oct 20
    1924 Courthouse
    Oct 20, 2023, 7:00 PM – Oct 21, 2023, 4:00 AM
    Oct 20, 2023, 7:00 PM – Oct 21, 2023, 4:00 AM
    Ghost Hunt at the 1924 Courthouse. Chose your level of access, will you be a Specter or a Phantom?
  • Paranormal Town Hall at the 1924 Courthouse
    Paranormal Town Hall at the 1924 Courthouse
    Fri, Oct 20
    1924 Courthouse
    Oct 20, 2023, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Oct 20, 2023, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    In this hour long, guest driven presentation, you'll have the chance to learn from seasoned investigators about anything and everything paranormal.
  • Benton Hall | October 14, 2023
    Benton Hall | October 14, 2023
    Sat, Oct 14
    Benton Hall
    Oct 14, 2023, 7:00 PM – Oct 15, 2023, 4:00 AM
    Oct 14, 2023, 7:00 PM – Oct 15, 2023, 4:00 AM
    Ghost Hunt at Benton Hall Community Arts Center. Chose your level of access, will you be a Specter or a Phantom?
  • Harper House | October 7, 2023
    Harper House | October 7, 2023
    Sat, Oct 07
    Harper House
    Oct 07, 2023, 7:00 PM – Oct 08, 2023, 4:00 AM
    Oct 07, 2023, 7:00 PM – Oct 08, 2023, 4:00 AM
    Ghost Hunt at Harper House. Chose your level of access, will you be a Specter or a Phantom?
  • USS NC Battleship | Sept 16, 2023
    USS NC Battleship | Sept 16, 2023
    Sat, Sep 16
    USS North Carolina Battleship
    Sep 16, 2023, 7:00 PM – Sep 17, 2023, 3:00 AM
    Sep 16, 2023, 7:00 PM – Sep 17, 2023, 3:00 AM
    USS North Carolina Battleship. Chose your level of access, will you be a Specter or a Phantom?
  • USS NC Battleship | Sept 15, 2023
    USS NC Battleship | Sept 15, 2023
    Fri, Sep 15
    USS North Carolina Battleship
    Sep 15, 2023, 7:00 PM – Sep 16, 2023, 3:00 AM
    Sep 15, 2023, 7:00 PM – Sep 16, 2023, 3:00 AM
    USS North Carolina Battleship. Chose your level of access, will you be a Specter or a Phantom?
  • Old Round Up | September 2, 2023
    Old Round Up | September 2, 2023
    Sat, Sep 02
    Old Round Up
    Sep 02, 2023, 7:00 PM – Sep 03, 2023, 4:00 AM
    Sep 02, 2023, 7:00 PM – Sep 03, 2023, 4:00 AM
    Ghost Hunt at the Old Round Up. Chose your level of access, will you be a Specter or a Phantom?
  • Candle Magick | Intermediate Level
    Candle Magick | Intermediate Level
    Sat, Aug 12
    The Studio at Hometown Collaborative
    Aug 12, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Aug 12, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Enjoy a night of learning advanced levels of Candle Magick. This will include more advanced spell work, carrowmancy, and pyromancy.
  • 1924 Courthouse | July 22, 2023
    1924 Courthouse | July 22, 2023
    Sat, Jul 22
    1924 Courthouse
    Jul 22, 2023, 7:00 PM – Jul 23, 2023, 4:00 AM
    Jul 22, 2023, 7:00 PM – Jul 23, 2023, 4:00 AM
    Ghost Hunt at the 1924 Courthouse. Chose your level of access, will you be a Specter or a Phantom?
  • Benton Hall | July 15, 2023
    Benton Hall | July 15, 2023
    Sat, Jul 15
    Benton Hall
    Jul 15, 2023, 7:00 PM – Jul 16, 2023, 4:00 AM
    Jul 15, 2023, 7:00 PM – Jul 16, 2023, 4:00 AM
    Ghost Hunt at Benton Hall Community Arts Center. Chose your level of access, will you be a Specter or a Phantom?
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