Introduction to Matthews, North Carolina
Matthews, North Carolina is 10 miles SE of Charlotte, North Carolina.It is in Mecklenburg county. The town is part of the Charlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill metro area. The population of Matthews is 22,127.
Matthews was established in the early 1800s as a small farming community. Originally, it was known as Stumptown. It was renamed in 1825 to Fullwood after John Fullwood, the area's first postmaster. The Carolina Central Railway first entered the town on December 15, 1874. At that time, the town's name was changed again to Matthews after Edward Watson Matthews, a railroad director. It was incorporated in 1879.
Matthews and nearby Attractions
- Mint Museum of Art
- Colonel Beatty Park
- Nature Museum
- President James K. Polk State Historic Site
- Andrew Jackson State Park
- Charlotte Museum of History
Things To Do In Matthews
Matthews provides easy access to a number of historic sites and museums including the Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site, Historic Rosedale Plantation, Museum of York County, Carolinas Aviation Museum, and Historic Rural Hill Farm. The town is home to several houses of worship such as the Springdale Church, Eastern Church, and Cedar Grove Church. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Fullwood Plaza Shopping Center and Depot Shopping Center.
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is the nearest airport.
Matthews Higher Education
Central Piedmont Community College, York Technical College, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and many other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.