Houk’s Chapel is the oldest standing house of worship in the city of Hickory, restored and preserved for the visiting public as historic landmark. It was built in 1893 by a team of volunteers and reflects a distinct German architectural style. Their leader was Reverend William Kelly Houk (1855-1890) of Morganton, NC, a charismatic Methodist preacher who founded a congregation here and preached for 55 years. Today, visitors can see and experience Houk’s Chapel as it appeared in the late 19th century. Original furnishings and artifacts are featured in the period room exhibits.