Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Our humble beginnings. Charlotte Town was born 250 years ago this year, which makes us older than the US. Historians help us look back on our history.
This show originally aired December 3, 2018.
Charlotte was founded 250 years ago when British Governor Tryon signed the charter on December 3, 1768. The Queen City, which is older than the United States itself, sits along two trading paths carved by the Catawba Indians. Of course, we now know them as Trade Street and Tryon Street.
When the town was chartered, King George III and Queen Charlotte ruled the colonies. It's believed that in order to stay in the King's good graces, the locals named their new township "Charlotte Town" in honor of the Queen and the county after her German homeland Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
Little remains from Charlotte's early days as the city has grown into a bustling 'New South' metropolis, but there's still some history to be found if you know where to look. We talk with local historians about our city's story, where you can find our history and the importance of preserving it.
Tom Hanchett, Community Historian, former staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South. He writes about history and culture at HistorySouth.org
Adria Focht, President and CEO, The Charlotte Museum of History
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