MINT HILL, NC – If you need to get out during the historic pandemic, a great place to visit for a beautiful stroll into Mint Hill history is the Historic Village located downtown. Even though the museums remain closed, the buildings are standing, the scenic pathways remain, and the barn is under construction. The atmosphere alone gives you the feeling of a slower life, a more simple way of living. The Historic Village offers a look at a different time, at rural life during the town’s humble beginnings in a relaxed environment. You can bring a snack or lunch and relax on a sunny autumn day on one of the many picnic tables available. It’s a great place for quiet reflection in our busy fast-paced world.
There have been several outdoor activities, including the Farmers Market, which will end its season on Saturday, October 10. Also, the Chicken Coop, located in the Schoolhouse, where you can purchase donated treasures, will remain open while the Farmers Market continues to operate. It is scheduled to close on October 10 as well.
The Barn construction is currently moving forward with new boards being delivered for both exterior and interior use. Insulation is being installed, but there is still plenty of work to be accomplished, including the exterior grounds that need to be cleared, grubbing, grading, and some good old fashion cleanup.
COVID-19 has had a severe impact on expected income to fund the Barn Raising Project. Volunteers are needed, and any donations will be welcome as the pandemic has had a $75,000 negative financial impact. The Historical Society was forced to cancel the Annual Rodeo, which was the largest fundraiser for the project, and now the Christmas Teas have been canceled as well. The Historical Society has also lost revenue generated from rental space for parties, meetings, and music groups.
For the Barn Raising project, the Historical Society needs assistance to help install the barn siding, plane boards, and doors, as well as assistance with other work that needs to be done. Regarding contributions, important items such as sinks and faucets, warming cabinets, commercial ice maker, dishwasher, freezer, refrigerator, chairs, tables, and dollies all still need to be purchased. The estimated cost for these items totals approximately $29,000.
Upcoming events in the Historical Village include Fall Family Pictures in the Village on October 9 – 11 (call for available times), the Attic Sale October 15 – 17 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, Christmas in the Village November 7 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, and Christmas Pictures in the Village November 13 – 15 (call for availability).
For more information about contributions, volunteering, upcoming events, or visiting the Historial Village, call 704-573-0726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.