Do you own a piece of Matthews history?
The Matthews Historical Foundation is seeking old photographs and local artifacts to display in the new Matthews Heritage Museum to be housed inside the circa-1880, 1,480 square-foot Clark House, 232 N. Trade St., in downtown Matthews. The museum, to be staffed by volunteers, will showcase 150 years of Matthews history from 1800 to 1950.
The museum is especially in need of photos and local artifacts from the town’s Crestdale community. Settled in the late 1860s by free blacks 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, according to a news release from the museum. The Tank Town name changed to Crestdale in 1963.
For more information or to donate, call 704-847-7610.