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Highland Games are coming | Photo: Rural Hill website

Loch Norman Highland Games & Scottish Festival April 20-21

April 5. The Loch Norman Highland Games will take place on April 20-21 at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville. This year is the 30th anniversary of the traditional Scottish festival where visitors can enjoy music and dance performances, athletic competitions, cultural demonstrations, Scottish food trucks, Celtic vendors, historical reenactments and educational presentations about Scottish history […]

Same location before there was a Lake Norman

Can you say geospatial: Find your home site 86 years ago

Feb. 12. By Dave Yochum. Have you ever wondered what your property looked like from the air 30 years ago? Seventy-two years ago? How about 85 years ago? Mecklenburg County Geospatial Information Services (GIS) is starting 2024 with a Historical Aerial Photo Viewer that lets you zoom into a specific location and view changes over […]

HEARTS Milling Around this Saturday moves indoors

Jan. 25. Due to the rain this week and flooding at the site of the Torrance Mill ruins, the HEARTS Milling Around event Jan. 27 has been moved inside to Cedar Grove. The event, which begins at 1 pm, includes bluegrass music, dancers, and art by Robert Childers, as well as discussions led by mill […]

Hugh Torance House Halloween event Oct. 29

Hugh Torance House Halloween event Oct. 29 is steeped in history

Oct. 24. The Hugh Torance House and Store is hosting a free family-friendly Halloween Spirit Day event Oct. 29 from 1 pm to 4 pm. There will be pumpkin rolling races, crafts, an age-appropriate Spooky Trail, and some 19th-century Irish yard games that harken back to the misty legends of warriors and fairy tales. The […]

Abigail Jennings lands top award from leading preservation group

Oct. 20. By Dave Yochum. Cornelius businesswoman Abigail Jennings received the Best All Around Preserver Award at the Golden Night of Preservation at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte this week. The CEO of Lake Norman Realty has been an advocate of historic preservation and served on the Historic Preservation Commission in Cornelius before it was […]

Rural Hill Revolutionary War Re-enactment

Battle of Charlotte re-enactment at Historic Rural Hill

Aug. 29. Want to meet Gen. Cornwallis? Historic Rural Hill will commemorate the Battle of Charlotte this Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 2-3) complete with Revolutionary War re-enactors showcasing the tactics, weapons and strategies used by the soldiers who fought for American independence. The Battle of Charlotte is one of the most important battles in the […]

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Preserve Mecklenburg moves to save historic houses on Catawba

HISTORIC PRESERVATION June 6.  By Dave Yochum. Preserve Mecklenburg (PMI) has obtained a one-year option to purchase four parcels of land at the corner of School Street and Catawba Avenue, not far from the old agricultural building on the grounds of the Cornelius Elementary School where town officials hope to house a museum for local […]

Author David Fleming

MecDec Day: Book signing, revolutionary new beer at Lost Worlds Saturday

May 18. By Dave Yochum.  Fourth of July rolls off the tongue like fireworks and watermelon, but author David Fleming says the right day to celebrate American independence is May 20 because on that date 248 years ago the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was signed. Sadly it was destroyed in a fire in 1800. Eye-witness […]

 The North Carolina Confederate Monument was dismantled at the State Capitol in June 2020 | Photo: Clayton Henkel

‘No right way to tear down oppressive systems’: The risks of toppling Confederate monuments

April 19. [Analysis] By Kelan Lyons/NC Newsline. Jeremy Collins didn’t know where he was going to get one, but he needed a crane. It was June 2020, a month after George Floyd’s murder. Collins’s boss, Gov. Roy Cooper, had just ordered the removal of three Confederate monuments in Raleigh after protestors had toppled two bronze […]

November HEARTS event postponed for renovation at Cedar Grove

Nov. 3. The November HEARTS event at the Hugh Torance House and Store is being postponed to allow for the installation of a whole-house HVAC system. The needed rehabilitation work at Cedar Grove is starts with the HVAC system to provide climate control and recommended humidity levels to protect and preserve the 1831 Greek Revival […]