The Matthews Historical Foundation and the Town of Matthews are finalizing plans for the new Matthews Heritage Museum, showcasing 150 years of Matthews history from 1800 to 1950. The museum committee is seeking local artifacts and old photographs of Matthews and its citizens.
The Museum is also seeking photographs of the Crestdale community and its citizens. An important piece of Matthews history, Crestdale is located on a 130-acre tract of land with the entrance off Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Settled in the late 1860s by free African-Americans and freed plantation slaves, this community was formerly known as Tank Town, a name which referred to the large tank that supplied water to the trains before they arrived at the Matthews Depot. The Tank Town name changed to Crestdale in 1963.
The Heritage Museum will be located in the 1880s Massey-Clark house at 232 North Trade Street in downtown Matthews and is expected to open in December 2012. If you would like more information or have something to loan or donate, please call 704-847-7610.
Annette Privette Keller
Communications Director/Assistant to the Manager