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See-through roof at Smith Building

Historic building downtown faces partial demolition

June 3. By Dave Yochum. There may be no saving a historic downtown building whose roof collapsed earlier this week. State inspectors yesterday directed the property owner to remove the second story. Owner Corner Oak LLC could not be reached for comment, but they are consulting with contractors and Mecklenburg County as to how the […]

21320 Catawba Avenue

Roof of historic building falls in

June 1. By Dave Yochum. The roof of a century-old brick building at 21320 Catawba Ave. in Cornelius has fallen in. Separated by an empty lot from the new Cain Center for the Arts, the historic Smith Building has been unoccupied for years. No one was injured. The sidewalk in front and just to the […]

April Newsmakers Breakfast speakers Dan Morrill, Abigail Jennings and Michael Jeffcoat. / Photo by Jason Benavides

Newsmakers Breakfast—the first in 2 years—draws historically minded crowd

April 21. More than 60 citizens, business leaders and elected officials attended today’s Newsmakers Breakfast on Historic Preservation at The Peninsula Club. Hosted by Business Today and Cornelius Today it was the first Newsmakers Breakfast since the COVID outbreak began a little more than two years ago. Dynamics Panelists Dan Morrill, Abigail Jennings and Michael […]

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Local history: The Alexander Farm

April 6. By Dan Morrill/Preserve Mecklenburg. J. Wilson Alexander (1887-1972) owned and operated a large cotton farm in Northern Mecklenburg. Cotton was a labor-intensive crop. It took a lot of people to plant, cultivate, and harvest cotton. Most of the labor was provided by sharecroppers and tenant farmers. They lived in modest houses on the […]

Chase branch on West Catawba

Bank gains landmark status

April 1. Historic Preservation has declared the Chase Bank at the corner of Jetton and West Catawba a “culturally significant” historic landmark. The imposing one-story edifice has been the scene of financial transactions, large and small. The one-story brick and masonry structure, “with a distinctive flat roof, two entries, and large see-through windows,” retains its […]

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Has the tenant house really been saved?

March 25. By Dave Yochum. It turns out the historic tenant house on the Alexander Farm property has not officially been saved, although the parties involved privately say they are closer to an agreement. Despite a lengthy Town statement—it was 385 words—read at the Town Board meeting Monday night, there was apparently no final agreement […]

Get your green on at the Irish Connection

March 4. Huntersville’s historic Hugh Torrance House and Store  presents The Irish Connection on Saturday, March 19. All ages are welcome to join the free, community event for an afternoon of Irish music, Irish dance, Irish history and more.  The event will be 1 pm to 6 pm Saturday, March 19 at  Cedar Grove and […]


A very special event at Hugh Torance House and Store on Saturday

Feb. 11. The Hugh Torance House and Store will come alive with an inspirational and educational Valentine’s celebration Saturday, Feb. 12, from 1 pm to 6 pm. The event also features the launch of the HEARTS Park mission, which is to create ongoing place-based experiences to explore how nature, history, culture, and the built environment […]

Sharecropper/tenant house / Photo by Jason Benavides

Reprieve for sharecropper house on Alexander Farm

Feb. 1. By Dave Yochum. Years after the Alexander Farm went on the market, a late effort to save the tenant farmhouse on the northeast corner of the property appears to have been given a reprieve. There was originally a Feb. 1 deadline. Assistant Town Manager Wayne Herron says at least several weeks remain until […]

Sharecropper house on Alexander Farm

Leading historian is hopeful sharecropper house will be saved

Jan. 12. By Dave Yochum. It’s looking like a historically significant sharecropper house on the Alexander Farm development site will be moved in time for construction to begin on the multimillion-dollar mixed-use project on 55 acres at Westmoreland and West Catawba. Historian Dan Morrill, Preserve Mecklenburg’s consultant, says the group may have the wherewithal to […]