Summaries of Significant Mecklenburg County Rural Resources
Rosedale, North Tryon Street. A tax collector named Archibald Frew
is believed to have built this house in 1800. The Federal style house is
reminiscent of the elegant plantation homes constructed in tidewater
Virginia. The plantation was owned by the Davidson family until 1987. It
currently operates as a house museum. The property is a good example of a
rural resource that has been engulfed by urban development. The property is
listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a locally
designated historic landmark.
The two pictures above show the William Ross House (top)
and land (bottom)
William Ross House (MK 1231), Dickie Ross Road. The double front
gable of this two story house indicates a construction date during the late
nineteenth or very early twentieth century. The front porch is likely a
replacement since it displays Craftsman style columns. A significant
collection of outbuildings exists near the house. Large fields separate the
house from the road and are still being cultivated. This property is an
excellent example of a late nineteenth century or early twentieth century
Rural Hill (MK 1479), Neck Road. Several columns are all that
remains of the 1788 plantation house. After the mansion was destroyed by
fire in 1886, the family converted the detached kitchen into a permanent
residence that exists today. A smoke house, well house, and ash house
survive behind the kitchen / residence. Some intact landscaping, panoramic
views of fields, a family cemetery, and archaeological evidence of slave
quarters make this plantation one of the best preserved examples in
Mecklenburg County. The property is a locally designated historic landmark
and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The two pictures above are the St. Mark's Church (top) and
Saint Mark's Episcopal Church and Rectory (MK 199 and MK 1518), Mt.
Holly - Huntersville Road. This 1886 -1887 Victorian Gothic church is
the oldest Episcopal church in rural Mecklenburg County. Built of bricks
even after the Charleston earthquake of 1886 destroyed the brick kiln, this
church was at the intersection of two lanes near the Whitley Mill and a
country store. The rectory is a wood frame building in the L-plan form. The
vernacular Victorian sawnwork and trim are indicative of its 1880s
construction date. When originally constructed the road ran between the
church and rectory rather than at the bottom of the hill as it presently
does. The church building, but not the rectory, is a locally designated
historic landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dr. Thomas T. Sandifer House (MK 208), Moore's Chapel Road. The
hipped roof I-house form has a rear shed addition and a 1940s porch. It was
the seat of a 246 acres farm on the Catawba River. The house was built in
the 1850s by Dr. Sandifer. It is one of a few remaining antebellum
farmhouses in Mecklenburg County. Like many antebellum plantations, this
house faced the Catawba River, a reminder of the river's importance in the
lives of early Mecklenburgers. The property is also significant as the
residence of an early Mecklenburg physician. The property is a locally
designated historic landmark.
Shoaf House (U - 03), Steele Creek Road. Located just south of the
Steele Creek Presbyterian Manse, this small double gable cottage dates from
the late nineteenth century. The house was not included in the 1988 survey.
Its history is being researched. The property is an important part of the
integrity of the Steele Creek area.
Mayes House (U - 10), Davidson - Concord Road. This triple-A type
I-house has a good collection of outbuildings and is a significant part of
rural Davidson - Concord Road. The two story I-house was actually built by
William Sloan Mayes and his wife Kate Alexander Mayes. Although the house
was not included in the 1988 survey, it is an important property. Its
history is currently being researched.
Sidney House (U - 16), Ramah Church Road. This gable and ell
cottage was not included in the 1988 Gatza Survey, but its history is
currently being researched. It is a good example of a modest early twentieth
century farm including several outbuildings.
Steele Creek Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (MK 1377), Steele Creek
Road. The 1889 Gothic Revival sanctuary and adjacent cemetery preserve a
rural Mecklenburg County community institution better than any other brick
church still extant. Although several additions have been made to the church
it retains much of its original character and is an important center of the
Steele Creek community. This property is a locally designated historic
landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Steele Creek Presbyterian Manse (MK 1378), Steele Creek Road.
Constructed by community citizens in 1910, this minister's dwelling is an
important part of Steele Creek Presbyterian Church. The 17 acre lot was
avaiable for the minister's own farm, complete with a tenant house for
laborers.The house is two stories tall with a high hip roof. Although the
porch and other details have been altered, the house is a good example of a
house in the Rectilinear or Folk Praire style. It is critical to the
understanding of this rural church and community.