Smithville Reimagined

2021 project for Black History Month produced by the Historic Preservation Committee and Smithville CommUNITY Coalition

Somewhere, under a tree, hiding out in plain sight is a little-big area of town known as Smithville. Nestled at the cross roads of I-77 and Highway 21, entryway to the east side and Old Town Cornelius, in the rapidly growing area of Lake Norman, you will discover this community rich in heritage and heart. This community which is… Continue reading Smithville Reimagined

DID YOU KNOW? The Toll Keeper

Toll roads have a place in our region’s history. A well-known bridge over the Catawba River would cost you 25 cents to cross if you were riding a horse and a wagon of goods cost double. Beverly Covington “BC” Robinson pictured here in the white hat, was the toll keeper on that bridge until it washed… Continue reading DID YOU KNOW? The Toll Keeper

DID YOU KNOW? The Tastee Freez

DID YOU KNOW??In the days of rockabilly and muscle cars, this spot was the popular cruise-in destination.  Cornelius natives can recall walking right up to the glass window on the side of the building to order up some delicious soft-serve ice cream on a warm summer day from the Tastee Freez or stopping at the 50/50… Continue reading DID YOU KNOW? The Tastee Freez

A Heartwarming Housewarming

A guy walks into a bar. That’s the only thing commonplace about this story. What started as a casual visit to a favorite local watering hole resulted in a great act of kindness, with one Old Town Cornelius community member going above and beyond to help another. The first man is Joshua Q. Crocker Osborne,(pictured… Continue reading A Heartwarming Housewarming