Burdicks celebrate 50 years

Charlie and Jane Burdick celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, August 4 at the Mint Hill Historical Society.  Their family and friends traveled from across the U.S. for the occasion.
The Burdicks were married Saturday, August 4, 1963 in Minnesota.  They have two daughters and five grandchildren.  They met their senior year at the University of Minnesota and married when they were 23 years old.
The party had an old-time southern feel.  The historic buildings, folk band, and gospel singers Karen and William Lindzy Washington provided the ambiance.
Dinner was provided by a caterer and served in the schoolhouse, and a bar was on site.  Tables and chairs were set under a tent, lit by strings of lights.
The Burdicks both volunteer at the historical society.  Charlie works on the grounds and Jane as a docent.  It’s a special place for them. Continue reading

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Genealogy workshop at Mint HIll Historical Society

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.

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AFMAC honors ex-POWs with movie

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.

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Discover Mint Hill offers historic bus tours

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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.”

 

 

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Founding Mecklenburg County father gets new grave marker

The Mint Hill TimesFor 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.The Mint Hill Times
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

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Newly discovered map reveals long forgotten Mecklenburg town

The Mint Hill Times

The legend on this map shows the soil conditions throughout the county. In Gladis, "Ccl" indicates clay loam. "Cc" is clay. "Csl" is sandy loam. The black dots along the roads are the houses.

 

Sue McDonald, administrative director at the Mint Hill Historical Society, said they recently uncovered a soil map from 1910 that shows a long lost town in the area. While looking at the landmarks and towns, they noticed that the area where Fayetteville Road (now Albemarle Road) and Blair Road intersect there was a town called Gladis
“That is news to me! I haven’t seen Gladis on anything,” McDonald said.
While the town of Mint Hill was officially incorporated in 1971, the area has been settled since the late 1700s.


 

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