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An August 2006 trip to Charlotte by vampirefan

Historic Rosedale Plantation Photo, Charlotte, North Carolina More Photos
Quote: While Charlotte may be slowing, losing its historical treasures to modern development, there are still a few gems to be found.

Historic Rosedale Plantation

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Attraction | "Rosedale Plantation"

Historic Rosedale Plantation Photo, Charlotte, North Carolina
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This beautiful Federal style manor was built in 1815 for Archibald Frew. Frew was a merchant, postmaster, and tax collector. The neighbors called it "Frew’s Folly" though no one is sure why. It was once part of a 911-acre plantation. In stark contrast to the simple log cabins of the area, the Federal 2-story house was a site. The white house featured bright yellow trim on the outside. This incredible home includes a 2-story portico. Unlike many homes of the time which kept their kitchens separate from the main house. The kitchen area of this house is located in the basement. The coolness of the basement also allowed for better storage of fruits, vegetables, and meats....Read More

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Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28206
(704) 335-0325

Charlotte Museum of History & Hezekiah Alexander Home

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Attraction | "Hezekiah Alexander Homesite"

Charlotte Museum of History & Hezekiah Alexander Home Photo, Charlotte, North Carolina
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This lovely 2 story stone house was built by Hezekiah Alexander in 1774. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, this home is the oldest home still standing in Mecklenburg County. The homestead originally encompassed 600 acres. Alexander was originally a blacksmith, but after moving to Mecklenburg County he became a Justice of the Peace as well as a planter. He is one of the original signers of the May 20, 1775 Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. He also served as a delegate to the Fifth Provincial Congress. He was quite wealthy and an influential member of the local community. He had this large and impressive home built for himself, his wife, and 1...Read More

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Charlotte Museum of History & Hezekiah Alexander Home
3500 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, North Carolina 28215
(704) 568-1774

Charlotte Museum of History & Hezekiah Alexander Home

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Attraction | "The Charlotte Museum of History"

This display Photo, Kannapolis, North Carolina
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Before you enjoy the Hezekiah Alexander homestead, take time to stop in the stunning 36,000 square foot newly expanded Charlotte Museum. The museum is dedicated to telling the history of Charlotte and the surrounding area. You first walk into the rotund marbled front desk and pick up a map of the museum and sign up for the tour of the Alexander home. To the left you will see the history of Charlotte as it started to immerse into the 19th century. There are displays and artifacts of every day citizens, see how Charlotte began it rise as a banking giants with a display of a early 1900’s bank, see mementos from when Mother Theresa was in Charlotte in 1...Read More

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Charlotte Museum of History & Hezekiah Alexander Home
3500 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, North Carolina 28215
(704) 568-1774

Hezekiah Alexander Homesite Pt. 2

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The springhouse Photo, Kannapolis, North Carolina
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In addition to the home, there is a barn on the premises. Though not original to the property, it is of the era. The barn was found in Cabarrus County and was saved from being demolished. There would have likely been such a barn as part of the original property. There is a reconstructed log kitchen adjacent just to the house. Built by students from Central Piedmont Community College, excavation shows this is where the original kitchen was located. Most homes of the period had their kitchens separate since kitchens tended to go up in flames sometimes. Also since there wasn’t such thing as Zippo lighters in those days, fires were a lot harder to start and the fire had to keep going at all times. In...Read More
The Liberty Bell Photo, Kannapolis, North Carolina
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In the back of the Charlotte Museum you will find a walking tour which highlights some of Charlotte’s history. There are 10 places featured on the tour. You can walk through the Charlotte Museum or just simply walk around the side and walk to the trail. The first item you will encounter is the 7 foot liberty bell . The bell is 7-foot tall and 7 foot around and weights 7 tons. It was given to the people of Charlotte by the Belk foundation to honor the independent spirit of the people and to pay honor to the original colonies of the Carolinas. If you take the guided tour, the docent will ring the bell for visitors. If you think gold was first discovered out west, then you w...Read More