Mint Hill Historical Society has indebtedness burning ceremony

Board of Trustees at barrel burning ceremony. (Ed Berti)
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Becky Griffin, Executive Director and Dale Dalton a Trustee on site. (Ed Berti)

The Mint Hill Historical Society on Tuesday March 26th had a indebtedness burning ceremony with the some members of the Board of Trustees gathered to celebrate.

There was a proclamation made and read by Becky Griffin, Executive Director during the ceremony on a cool evening.  The organization with prudent wisdom purchased .73 acres of adjoining property for future growth and development of the historic Carl L. McEwen Historic Village in 2010.

Many volunteers and residents of the Town of Mint Hill raised funds through attic sales, gift shop sales and various donations to pay off the debt.

The Historical Society has 300 volunteers who willingly give their time throughout the course of the year.  These citizens are young, old, families, retirees, men and women from all walks of life who help to inspire, educate children and adults about Mint Hill’s rich history.  From humble beginnings as a small agricultural community to a thriving and growing suburban area today with over 26,000 residents.

By adding the barn, which will be the largest structure in the Historical Village, it will help accommodating visiting students, provide more space for families celebrating important events such as reunions, baby showers, wedding photos, and more.  Also, the barn will house the society’s extensive collection of agricultural and historical artifacts.

The property will be used to erect a 1880’s timber frame barn so that all future generations may enjoy and experience the rural agricultural life that was the foundation of the Town of Mint Hill.  Also, there will be a simple log cabin on this property to remind all who come to visit of the determination, courage and pioneering spirit of those first settlers who settled in the town 250 years ago.

This project is only an example of the latest ambitious ideas that the society has brought to fruition.  The venue charges a nominal admission, so members are constantly seeking creative fundraising activities.

There are two huge upcoming events in April and early May.  The 2019 Rodeo will be held on Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th.  Then the Discover Mint Hill annual festival will be coming to town on the first Saturday in May.

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran's affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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