Founded in 1910, Smithville is one of the oldest communities in Cornelius, with roots dating back to the 1880s. The Smithville Community Coalition was formed in 2011 and is made up of residents, area citizens, non-profits and faith-based communities. Their vision is to revitalize and transform their community into a vibrant, safe and attractive place to live and work that builds pride in its residents and attracts new developments of affordable homes and businesses, focusing on empowering all individuals and strengthening families. One of the early founders of the Smithville Community was Wilson Potts. Potts built a legacy through his family business and the values of civic duty and service he instilled in the people around him. Potts Barber Shop was the site of a peaceful end to segregation in 1972.
Learn more: A Tribute to Wilson Potts is currently on display at Old Town Public House (OTPH), 21314 Catawba Ave along with art from F. Kernes, Monica Stewart, Christine Jopling and Selma Glass.
Jack has complied a Scrapbook of Smithville’s roots on exhibit at OTPH.
SATURDAY Feb 24
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave
Presentations from Torrence Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Hunters Chapel United Methodist Church and Union Bethal Africal Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Free Community event, children’s activities, performances, and refreshments. Featuring works by Romare Bearden. Brought to you by Town of Cornelius Department of Parks, Arts, Recreation & Culture (PARC)
SUNDAY FEB 25
Warehouse PAC 9216 Westmoreland Road,
The 55 box intimate black box theatre will host the live performance by Michael Connor and a Q & A session about “The Foreshadowing of a People: Reflections from the Past,” or any other pieces in his body of work. The movie/documentary, “Filling the Gap” will also be shown.
Jack Conard, Jr. is Cornelius’ unofficial Town Historian. He spends his mornings writing in a journal, he spends his days collecting and archiving photos from the town’s roots to today. He spends his evenings at Old Town Public House sharing his knowledge. Pieces of his collection can be found in the History Room at Town Hall or at his home on Main St which his mom’s grand-dad lived in Cornelius was incorporated. Meet Jack.