Summaries of Significant Mecklenburg County Rural Resources
Mallard Creek School (MK 1308), Mallard Creek Road. Like Caldwell
Station School, this schoolhouse resembles Rosenwald schools, but was used
only for white children. The distinctive feature of this 1920s school is its
extremely high hip roof pierced by two interior chimneys. The building is
owned by Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church.
Mayes Farm (U - 8), Mayes Road. This simple, but attractive house
is an excellent example of the I-house form that was common in Mecklenburg
County during the second half of the nineteenth and early years of the
twentieth century. The side gable roof with exterior chimney, hipped roof
front porch and one story rear ell constitute the classic I-house. The farm
house is significant because it is an excellent example of this important
form, has several historic outbuildings, and for its location: the well
preserved countryside of northeastern Mecklenburg County near Ramah
Presbyterian Church. Additional research is being undertaken to supply a
fuller history of this previously unsurveyed farm.
Mayes House (U - 26), Mayes Road. This gable and wing cottage was
likely built approximately 1910. Although not included in the 1988 survey,
this simple cottage and its outbuildings are an important part of the rural
character of this area.
McClure Realty (MK 1509), Mt. Holly Road. This building was
occupied by McClure Realty in 1988, but its current occupant is not clear.
The Colonial Revival farmhouse was built in the 1930s. Several outbuildings
remain including a brick well house, and a small frame house believed to be
a tenant house. A large modern building has been constructed behind the
house, but does not dramatically effect the appearance of the property.
William L. McConnell House (MK 1307), Beatties Ford Road. The
McConnell family bought the property on which this house was constructed in
the 1770s. The house was probably a 1890s one story house onto which a
second story was added around 1900. Several additions have been constructed,
but the sawn vergeboards (bargeboards) and porch brackets still remain. A
brick wellhouse, frame shed, and frame barn exist on the site.
McCorkle House (MK 1371), Shopton Road. This classic I-house was
built around the turn of the century and is two stories tall with a
one-story rear ell. It has a side-gable roof with a central pediment pierced
by a louvered vent. The front porch, recently fallen away from the house,
consists of square wood columns and a hipped roof. Outbuildings survive to
the rear of the house which is shielded from the busy road by several mature
The two pictures above are both of the McCoy Slave
McCoy Slave Cemetery, McCoy Road. Part of an ante-bellum plantation
that has been destroyed this cemetery is important to our understanding of
life on Mecklenburg County Plantations. The McCoy family set up a trust fund
at St. Mark's Episcopal Church for the maintenance of the cemetery. The
family also erected a marker in memory of two of their most trusted slaves.
McElroy House (MK 1511), Beatties Ford Road. The house is believed
to have been built in the 1860's by the Sample or Latta family. It was
purchased in 1883 by Samuel J. McElroy. Built in the T-plan form, this house
features a projecting front wing and a rear ell. An unusual feature is the
covered walk connecting the ell with the smokehouse. The front features a
double front door with a transom window. The paired porch columns suggest
some influence of the Italianate style. This would have been a very
fashionable dwelling for its historic owners. The property is listed in the
National Register of Historic Places.
Morning Star Lutheran Church (U - 29), Idlewild Road. The
congregation of this church was organized in 1775 and was one of the
strongest churches in the county for many years. The simple gable front
church has elements of the Gothic Revival style in the steep triangular
pediments over the doors and windows of the building. The building dates
from the last half of the nineteenth century.
Morris House (MK 1228), Tom Short Road. A rare surviving example
of Italianate architecture in Mecklenburg County, the Morris House seems to
have been built shortly after the Civil War. In the mid-1870s the house and
its 700 acre farmstead were purchased by G.C. Morris. Built on a rectangular
plan, the house stands two-stories tall and three bays wide with a one-story
rear ell projecting off the back. The house has a low pitch hip roof and
broad eaves with scrolled brackets. The front center bay displays a porch on
the second level. The house and historic barn are currently being used by a
local polo club.
John R. Morris Farm (MK 1774), Margaret Wallace Road. John Morris
moved to this farm in the 1880s. His descendant still resided in the house
in 1988. This farmstead has been used for cotton and then dairy cattle. The
two story I-house has a two story rear ell and a one story shed addition.
Nine over nine panes are found in the windows of the main house indicating a
fairly substantial age. The central cross gable with decorative shingles,
added by Morris in the 1880s, transformed the house into a fashionable
"triple-A". The beautiful farmland and outbuildings are highly endangered
resources in the burgeoning area of Margaret Wallace Road.
Motley House (U - 15), Hiawassee Road. This modest gable and wing
cottage probably dates from the early twentieth century. It has a very
interesting collection of outbuildings making it an important example of a
small farmstead of its era. Not included in the 1988 Gatza Survey, the
history of the property is not currently known.