Long before there were glittering skyscrapers, crisscrossing superhighways or even a town called Charlotte, there was a ramshackle wooden cabin where, legend holds, the first act of Mecklenburg County government took place almost 250 years ago.
That modest dwelling, which once stood near present-day Randolph and Caswell streets in Charlotte, was the home of Thomas Spratt and the location of the first court held in Mecklenburg County, on February 26, 1763. That makes 2013 the County’s 250th birthday, or “Sestercentennial,” and the celebration will go on all year.
Through a proclamation issued at their regular meeting on Jan. 2, 2013, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners designated 2013 as the Year of the Mecklenburg County Sestercentennial Celebration and recognized the founding of Mecklenburg County on Feb. 26, 1763.
Mecklenburg County and its community partners – including Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library, Center City Partners, the Chamber of Commerce, and many others – are joining forces to put together the celebration that will last all year. We've already kicked off the celebration here with some special historical videos, and on February 26, the Board of Commissioners will commemorate the important date by rededicating the historic courthouse at 700 E. Trade St. in Charlotte.
We Want To Hear YOUR Story
But the most important part of Mecklenburg’s history is your story. Whether you are a relative newcomer or a seventh-generation “Mecklenburger,” you have a story to tell, and we want to hear it. Do you have pictures? A video? A fond memory of a time in Mecklenburg County? Or, maybe, a recollection of a not-so-joyful time (such as the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo).
Our Mecklenburg Sestercentennial website allows you to post your story or you can email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
. So tell us about your Mecklenburg memory today. Our history isn’t complete without your story.