Calendar of Events

Rural Hill

Spring 2017 Community Meetings

The Community Meetings are held the last Tuesday of March, April, September, and October. Reception begins 7:00 pm - meeting to follow at 7:15 pm.

  • March 28 - “Elizabeth Lawrence: The Sage of Southern Gardening” Held at Matthews Woman's Club clubhouse, 208 S. Trade Street, Matthews NC 28105
  • April 25 - “Rural Hill Historic Farm and the Davidson Family” Held at Matthews Woman's Club clubhouse, 208 S. Trade Street, Matthews NC 28105

The Matthews Historical Foundation has announced the Community Meeting Speaker series for March and April, 2017. On Tuesday, March 28, Andrea Sprott, garden curator of the Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden which are part of the Wing Haven Foundation, will present a program titled Elizabeth Lawrence: The Sage of Southern Gardening. On Tuesday, April 25, Jeff Fissell from Rural Hill will present a program on the 265 acre historic site in Huntersville. Jeff will discuss Rural Hill’s 250 years of history and the Davidson family.

Meetings to be held at the Matthews Woman’s Club, 208 South Trade Street, Downtown Matthews. Free to Foundation members, there will be a $5 charge for non-members. The program will begin at 7:15 p.m. with a reception starting at 7:00 p.m. For more meeting information, call 704-846-6693.

Details in our February 2017 Newsletter.

Foundation News

The R.F. Outen Pottery in Matthews opened in the early 1950s. In the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly, MHF President Paula Lester states that "it is the last piece in the Matthews history puzzle". The Town of Matthews along with the Arts and Science Council and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission conducted a feasiblity study focusing on the property. Read the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly article and follow the button link for photos and information about the Outen Pottery.

From the Foundation President

Let me welcome you to the updated Matthews Historical Foundation (MHF) website. If you’re a member of MHF, we thank you for your support of Matthews history. If you’ll like to become a member, please click on our membership form. If you’re new to MHF, we want to offer you the opportunity to be part of the history activities in Matthews.