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Latta Place will reopen in 2026 after redevelopment starting winter 2024

March 13. Latta Place, the former Huntersville plantation that became the subject of controversy in 2021, will reopen to the public in 2026 after being redeveloped during the winter of 2024-2025. Background “Historic Latta Plantation” planned to hold a controversial Juneteenth event in 2021 but it resulted in the site’s closure as well as a […]

The Ag Building is located on the grounds of the original Cornelius High School | Photos courtesy Jack Conard

Cornelius attempts to preserve history, accommodate development

Dec. 13. By Mike McGinnis. Three components make up the rich history of Cornelius. To begin with there are an abundance of stories, pictures, relics, artifacts, and history of the town of Cornelius. Secondly, Cornelius is the home to Smithville, one of the oldest African-American communities in Mecklenburg County. And the third historic element is […]

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Cornelius family property on the market for $22 million

July 20. By Dave Yochum. An 80-acre lakefront parcel—owned by members of the Cornelius family—has gone on the market for $22 million. The lakefront property near Perth Road in Mooresville has more than a fifth of a mile of shoreline. Valérie Dulude and Hanes Walker of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty in Charlotte have the listing. […]


Healing History at Cedar Grove July 16

July 6. The “H” in HEARTS comes alive this month with Healing History, the latest in a new series of place-based happenings at the Cedar Grove mansion and Hugh Torance House and Store on Gilead Road in Huntersville. HEARTS, which stands for History, Ecology, Art, Reunion, Trails, Store, are multi-faceted, local-centric exploration of our shared […]

A look at Irish heritage at Hugh Torrance House on Saturday

March 18. If you’re not done celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the historic Hugh Torrance House and Store will present “The Irish Connection” on Saturday from 1 pm to 6 pm.The event features local Irish connections with music, dance, and historic interpretations in Cedar Grove’s parlor and the Hugh Torance House and Store grounds. Dr. Hugh […]


Cornelius couple envisions new life for Cedar Grove mansion

Feb. 12. By Dave Yochum. A wife and husband team from Cornelius is spearheading an effort to preserve Cedar Grove, the historic home on Gilead Road which was once the center of a significant plantation. Cornelius residents Abigail Jennings and Randolph Lewis have joined with the seventh-generation owner, Torrance Banks, to form Torrance Preserve LLC, […]

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Elegantly simple Zion Ave. house gets Historic Landmark designation

Nov. 6. A restored 113-year-old Queen Anne style house on Zion Avenue has received Historic Landmark designation, one of only a handful in Cornelius. The Sherrill-Robbins House, now the offices of real estate attorney Susan Irvin, retains its wide wood trim, wooden floors and a distinctive wooden cross design in the front gable. The left […]

Rural Hill oyster roast Nov. 15

The Rural Hill Oyster Roast on Sunday, Nov. 15 will help recoup losses from the drought which curtailed the corn maze at the historic plantation in Huntersville. The event runs from 2 pm to 6 pm. The corn maze has been its largest fundraiser for more than 10 years. It helps raise money to provide […]