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

Local Students Organize Cornelius ‘Black Lives Matter’ Demonstration

Desmond Tutu, South African cleric and human rights activist, states that “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” This message has resonated with many in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On June 3rd, 2020, several local students took the initiative to organize their own protest to have their voices heard on issues of systematic racism and police brutality.

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