The Charlotte Museum of History is a museum built to preserve the area’s rich historical and cultural past. The place itself is centered around the Hezekiah Alexander home, listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the oldest house in existence in the Mecklenburg County area. It is under the stewardship of the Hezekiah Alexander Foundation, a non-profit organization.
Hezekiah Alexander built the historic 5,000 square foot house in 1774. A blacksmith and wealthy landowner, he was a crucial figure in the American Revolution, as well as in signing Charlotte’s first-ever Constitutional Bill of Rights.
The house, constructed from a local piedmont stone, consists of a log kitchen, a barn, and a springhouse. The structure existing today is a reproduction. Over time it was rebuilt thanks to the efforts of archaeologists and the group Daughters of the American Revolution. Their efforts make it possible for us to see an accurate picture of what the Alexander house would’ve looked like back in the late 1700s. With its charming and rustic backdrop, it is an often sought after venue for weddings. Alexander’s eighth-generation granddaughter tied the knot here.
Apart from the house itself, another point of interest is the American Freedom Bell, first rung in December 1999. It is the largest ground bell in the United States and is still operational to this day. One can also get a glimpse of the fascinating history of Charlotte through the dioramas and exhibits on display. Neighborhoods include Brooklyn, NoDa, Biddleville, Center City, and Plaza-Midwood.
You can explore the museum at your own pace, but it is fantastic when experienced on a guided tour. You can get any of their talented guides to take you on an informative journey.