Matthews's population has grown to over 30,000 citizens. Keeping pace with development in the area, Matthews's city limits now encompass 17 square miles. There are hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, recreational facilities and a hospital. In 1996, the National Register of Historic Places listed 10 downtown buildings in Matthews. Known as Matthews Commercial District, they comprise a small, but remarkably intact, collection of structures dating from the late 19th to the early 20th century.
Nestled between Charlotte and Monroe, the area now known as Matthews was unspoiled rolling woodlands with large stands of trees. 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. As the land was cleared for planting, so many tree stumps were left standing that the early settlement was unofficially known as Stumptown.
What was true in 1879 is still true today. Matthews is a special place to live, work and raise a family.
Matthews is in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system. Schools include Matthews Elementary, Crown Point Elementary, and Elizabeth Lane Elementary; Crestdale Middle; David W. Butler High School. Religious schools nearby include Covenant Day School, Charlotte Christian School, Carmel Christian, Blessed Sacrament Academy, and Greyfriars Classical Academy.
The Town of Matthews is bringing back its Matthews Food Truck Fridays series this spring and summer in Stumptown Park. The series will run March 10 through September 22 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 2nd and 4thFridays of each month. Like on Facebook MatthewsFoodTruckFridays
There are many things to do and see in the Town of Matthews and the Charlotte metropolitan area.
Matthews features a variety of shops, restaurants, cultural activities, and a vibrant historical downtown district. Visit any of the links below to learn of upcoming events and activities.
Restaurants that I recommend:
Azteca Family Mexican Restaurant
Throughout the year the Matthews Train Depot and Visitors Center is open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. A variety of Town merchandise and memorabilia is available at the center. For more information, please call (704) 847-3649.
The Train Depot was constructed in the late 1880s. It served as a social and economic beehive for years. Passenger service ended in 1958 but the depot remained in operation until 1966. The train depot stood idle until 1999 when the Town of Matthews purchased it and relocated it to a prominent location in the Town Green of downtown Matthews. The building was restored and now serves as the home of the Matthews Visitors Center and the Matthews Chamber of Commerce. A historic red caboose is also available for the public to visit adjacent to the Train Depot.
Enjoy art? Visit the McDowell Arts Center and enjoy free art exhibits year round. The Town also has a number of public art sites for you to visit.
Visit the Matthews Public Library where you will find a unique history mural that tells the story of the Town.
You can also visit the Matthews Heritage Museum, Matthews Playhouse, Levine Senior Center , Stumptown Parkand our many parks including the new Sportsplex.