The Mint Hill Historical Society is holding a genealogy workshop August 11 at 10 am. The workshop still has openings. The society is looking for a convection oven to host old fashioned biscuit making classes. This will be a focus of future workshops. For more information, call 704-573-0726.
The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas (AFMAC) will present a documentary honoring ex-prisoners of war at three venues. On Saturday, May 26, at the Mint Hill Historical Society’s Ashcraft Schoolhouse, 7601 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, showings are at 9:30 am and 10:30 am (space is limited). Other showings are Saturday, May 26, at 3 pm at the Morrison Regional Library and Wednesday, May 30, at 7 pm at the South Charlotte Banquet Center, 9009 Bryant Farms Road. All showings are free and open to the public.
The video, entitled Honoring Our World War II Heroes—The American POW Experience, is a 30-minute broadcast-quality documentary about the POW experience and is dedicated to honoring, preserving, and sharing the courage and sacrifices of our local WWII heroes, many of whom live in our community.
AFMAC, a museum scheduled to break ground in Mint Hill in 2014, will be unique in that it will honor all five branches of the United States military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. When completed, visitors will experience an educational showcase of 250 years of military history combined with the home front support and sacrifices. Details and donation information can be seen at VisitAFMAC.org.
Mint Hill residents discovered the culture and history of their town last Saturday at the Mint Hill Historical Society. Discover Mint Hill offered hour-long double-decker bus tours, face painting, gold panning, boiled peanuts, and canned preserves. Visitors participated in a civil service treasure hunt and listened to the musical group Doc’s Front Porch. Sue McDonald with the Mint Hill Historical Society said the event was a “huge success.”
For a community that has been settled since the 1700s, there are many family names that still survive to this day. One founding father of the community, Sugar Dulin, was honored June 4 with a new headstone at the Philadelphia Presbyterian Church cemetery located next to the church.
Dulin’s original grave marker has long been missing. Based on historical documents, the family and church officials guessed where he might have been buried. Local residents Charlie Burdick and Harry Hood placed the new tombstone for the family. Both have been involved with restoring the three church cemeteries located at the church, along Matthews-Mint Hill Road near Queen’s Grant Charter School, and a location on Brief Road.
The memorial ceremony coincided with a family reunion for the Dulins. Sugar Dulin moved to the Mint Hill area in the late 1700s after serving in the Revolutionary War. Sue McDonald, administrator at the Mint Hill Historical Society, said his home was probably located near the McDonald’s Restaurant at the corner of Lawyers Road and Lebanon Road. At one time, that section of Mecklenburg County was known as “Dulin’s Crossroads.” (PHOTOS BY CHARLIE BURDICK) Continue reading
Eds. note: Cody Beyer was curious. The Editor-In-Chief of the Independence High School student newspaper wondered where the letters for the “Independence” sign above the clock in the school come from. After some investigative work, he discovered they came from another “Independence” building, this one in downtown Charlotte that was about to be demolished. Here’s the story:
In the 1980s many things about daily life were much different from they are today such as, the school was the biggest school in the state of North Carolina. What wasn’t different about Independence High School is the black letters that proudly spell INDEPENDENCE that hang above the back stairway in the mall area. Mr. Billy Earl Smith donated these letters to the school in 1981. They were purchased from the Independence Building that stood on the Northwest corner of Trade and Tryon streets, when it was taken off the list of historical buildings here in Charlotte. The listing had expired at midnight and five minutes after, the letters were taken down by Mr.Smith. Continue reading