By the early 1800s, this rich and inviting land attracted our early settlers, who were mainly farmers.In the vicinity lay the trading trails, game-rich hunting grounds and the ancestral homes of the Waxhaw and Catawba Indians.These farmers began clearing the land for planting around the start of the 19th century.Cotton grew well and soon became the primary cash crop.Three general stores, a bank, a drug store, a hotel, gristmill, livery stable and blacksmith shop formed the heart of Matthews.
The city of Matthews, NC has an ordinance against allowing pets within the event area. Matthews Alive Fireworks Viewing Locations On Saturday, September 2nd, 2017, at 10 pm, Matthews Alive will present its FIRST EVER fireworks show, in celebration of our 25th Anniversary! It closed in 1966 with integration and the building burned in 1975.Crestdale dates to the 1860s and is one of North Carolina’s oldest African American communities. The Renfrows, who had established a general store by 1900, started their cotton gin in 1906 and eventually had four gins working in the same building.The Matthews Drug Company relocated to its new location at the corner of Trade and John Streets in 1910.The center of town activities, it served the citizens’ needs with fountain service, doctor's offices, dairy products, ice delivery and bus tickets. In 1918, the Matthews African-American School opened in Tank Town, now the Crestdale community, serving local students.