Step back in time at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village and get a glimpse of early rural life in Mint Hill, North Carolina.
The McEwen family
Many of the shops and offices in town have been named after the McEwens, a well-known family who has provided goods and services to Mint Hill for over 100 years. Some of the shops the family has run include a hardware store, a funeral home, a gas station, a grocery store, and countless others.
This string of successful businesses created jobs and helped the community thrive. There are still a number of active funeral services under the McEwen name, though descendants of the family no longer hold shares or interests in them.
In addition, the family has contributed space and land to several nonprofits, including the Mint Hill Fire Station, Mint Hill VFW, and the first Mint Hill Library.
The McEwens continue to give back to the community. Proceeds of the estate sale at the home of Helen McEwen Anderson, one of Carl McEwen’s daughters, went to the Mint Hill Historical Society. Helen’s son, Leslie Anderson, serves residents as an optometrist at the McEwen Shopping Center.
Buildings and outposts
Efforts to preserve and restore the village began in 1985 when 21 citizens signed a charter in response to the pending sale of the old doctor’s building in town. The historic building, known today as The Mint Hill Country Doctor’s Museum, would become the Mint Hill Historical Society’s first restoration project.
Thanks to the organization’s dedication and hard work, visitors can stroll around the area and admire buildings and outposts that have been similarly preserved.
In addition to the old country’s doctor’s office, the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village is made up of the following:
- The Ashcraft Schoolhouse
- The Ira V. Ferguson Country Store
- The Surface Hill Gold Assay office
- Beaver Barn
- A blacksmith
- Corn crib
- Woodworking shop
- Building to cure meats
These structures reflect the day-to-day life in Mint Hill during its early days. Miners, for example, brought their gold and ore to the Gold Assay office to find out how much they could get for the nuggets they found.
A few of the buildings contain vintage furniture and assorted memorabilia on display. They serve to enhance visitor experience and offer insight into the past.
Events and activities
Visitors can catch the Mint Hill Farmers Market for local produce, handcrafted goods, and mouth-watering snacks. The village also hosts the annual Mint Hill Rodeo, which also features other fun activities.
At the Civil War Lantern Tour, professional North Carolina Civil War interpreters talk about life without electricity and other modern comforts. Participants can engage these surrogates of Civil War-era soldiers, children-at-arms, deserters, surgeons, and chaplains about their wartime experiences. Guided tours start every 15 minutes at the village.
Christmas Teas and the seasonal Christmas Gift Shop are also hosted here, along with private events like birthday parties and other celebrations.
The Mint Hill Historical Society’s office is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guided tours of the village are available by appointment. Call 704-573-0726 to book a tour or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Children 5 and under – Free admission
- Students 6-18 years – $4.00
- Adults 19-60 years – $5.00
- Seniors 60+ – $4.00
For more information, visit the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village website.