Amid the ruins, signs of our past
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#1 Dec 23, 2007
My grandfather, who lived his entire life in the Hickory Grove area, recalled going to dances at this house. When it was not surrounded by woods, it was probably visible from the large slave built house, about 1/2 mile away on Plaza Road Extension, that burned down in the mid-1960's. This house was owned by relatives of mine, the Teeters when it burned.
I personally recall occasionally passing the ruins while raccoon hunting with my father and grandfather when I was a young boy in the 1950's. The property was known to us then as "Frazier's Woods".
I am glad to see that this home is being recognized as an important part of our history. We have so little remaining in Mecklenburg County of this period of our history.
#2 Dec 24, 2007
Like the post by Dan I also had a relative, my grandmother Mattie Hodge, that lived her life in the area and knew people that lived in the house when she was young. What remains of the house was first shown to me back in the late 70's/early 80's by a cousin. At the time he was probably in his 40's and had played around the ruins when he was young. In the years after that I played and explored extensively myself in the area around the house, and in what's now Reedy Creek Park until it started being developed. When the ruins were first "found" by the city's people Dad contacted the paper (The Observer I believe) and they came out and did an interview with my Grandma about the house and her knowledge of it's history. While I appreciate articles such as this concerning our history, it really irks me when enough research isn't done when writing it. To read this article the city's people were the first to see this house in many many years. In fact when the first article about it being "found" appeared in the paper about it I had just been back there a few weeks before. To read about it, the city's people accomplished something spectacular when they "found" something that was never lost to begin with. Those of us that lived in the area knew about the place for years and visited it regularly. To me all this does is show how unconcerned the city and county really are about anything that isn't staring them right in the face, yet when they "rediscover" something they "forgot" they're hailed as heros. No matter how big Charlotte and the surrounding County gets we should never forget our past yet I see it being bulldozed down every day in the name of progress. In this case, because of the location, we are able to preserve something of the past, but in too many others when it's gone it's gone.
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