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Matthews NC History on Display at New Heritage Museum

History is important in Matthews NC. A dedicated group of volunteers has worked over the years to preserve the historic buildings in its quaint downtown. Now there is a new place to learn about about town life from the late 1800s into the 1940s. The new Matthews Heritage Museum just opened in the recently-restored Massey Clark house on Trade Street.

My husband and I visited the museum recently and found the exhibits to be very informative. The museum is divided into three rooms each with exhibits about different aspects of early Matthews life. The Early Commerce room presents displays about town businesses and their proprietors. This room includes a teller cage from the Bank of Matthews and a switchboard from the earliest days of telephone service in the town.

The Community Room includes displays of a pharmacy and a doctor’s office as well as information about Sustar’s Swimming Pool, a public pool that was open from the 1920s until the 1980s. The pool was called the Matthews Country Club in the years before it closed.

Displays in the Lifestyles Room show life in the town’s homes and schools. This room displays a Hoosier Cupboard.

The Museum has created a documentary called Matthews Remembered. The film shows interviews with Matthews residents remembering life in the early days of the town. Two screens in the museum run parts of the film. The DVD is available for purchase.

Whether you are a newcomer or a long-time resident, the Matthews Heritage Museum is a great place to learn about the early days of the town. The Museum is open from Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 4:30pm. It’s located at 232 N. Trade Street in the heart of downtown Matthews.

Read more about historic homes and buildings in Matthews.

Nancy Reid House
Historic Homes in Matthews
BD Funderburk House
Matthews Community Center

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Copyright 2013. Carol Fox. Allen Tate Realtors. *Matthews NC History on Display at New Heritage Museum*

Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 10:08 AM by Carol Fox

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