The Hickory Crossing building consists of three buildings all connected as one. The location of the building is at the farthest point to the SW and NE lines of the City of Hickory. Hickory's Streets (and Avenues) and railroad are what breaks up the city into four quadrants NW, NE, SW, and SE. Most believe that Hwy 127 splits the city into east and west, and that is kind of true, because Hwy 127 turns into 2nd St NE but later forks to the right while 127 continues straight and crosses under the railroad. Once you cross the railroad tracks 2nd St NE then becomes 2nd St SE. The railroad splits the city North to South. Therefore, the Hickory Crossing building is located the most North in the SE quadrant with the railroad crossing directly in front of the building and 2nd St SE crossing directly to the west of the building. While in the loft of the building you can see all four quadrants of the beautiful City of Hickory.
Being near the railroad, made the Hickory Crossing building very important property for the location alone. According to the town's historian and the Catawba County Deeds, the Hickory Crossing building was built between April 1919 and October 1925. At that time it was home to Kenyon Woodworking Company, a piano bench manufacturing business. Over the years, it has been bought and sold and has been home to many different kinds of businesses. In 1931 it was home to Abernethy Transfer Company, a transportation company, which operated with six trucks and five teams of horses. At one time the Hickory Crossing building was a small part of several properties that made up the Catawba Creamery (JW Shurford). The Creamery was a business that supported the local dairy and egg farmers, marketing all the way to New York City. The Hickory Crossing building is rich with history, and much of that being the businesses that called it home. The Hub is a continuation of the history of the Hickory Crossing building, supporting local small businesses and allowing room for growth.
Today the train still runs multiple times a day and we, at The Hub embrace the train. It is a part of the history of the Hickory Crossing building and the City of Hickory itself. As new technology engulfs our lives, we use the passing train as a reason to get up from our work, stretch, and walk around...no smart watch needed!!