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Rich Hatchet House (MK 2290)

9731 Rich Hatchet Road



According to Mecklenburg County tax records, the one-story, side-gabled, frame, Rich Hatchet House was built in 1901.  The house’s three-bay wide, one-room deep three-bay form was popular in the 19th century, and houses with this form continued to be built in Mecklenburg County in the 20th century.  A majority of the mill houses in Huntersville’s Anchor Mill Village, built in 1897 and expanded in 1913, are of this same form.  In Charlotte the 1903 Highland Park #3 Mill Village also consist of these one-story houses. 

Rich Hatchet was among the minority of black Mecklenburg County farmers who owned their own land.  Rich Hatchet’s neighbor, Pink Graham, was another land owning black farmer and according to Rich Hatchet’s granddaughter Edith Henderson these two farms and farm families formed a small rural neighborhood.  After WWII a more substantial African American neighborhood sprang up at the intersection of Statesville and Rich Hatchet roads as the two farmers sold small lots along the two roads.[i]

Deeds indicate that Rich Hatchet purchased property from E.L. Hucks in 1923.  Earlier deeds show that a Graham family, perhaps related to Pink Graham, owned the property in 1911     

The Rich Hatchet House sits facing south on a large level lot, in a bend of Rich Hatchet Road and very close to the road.  The foundation is composed of brick piers infilled with block.  The front section of the house is three-bay wide and one room deep, and features a hipped-roof porch sheltering a replacement concrete porch floor.  Stone steps leading to the porch may be original.  The house is covered with vinyl siding, and a replacement front door is centered between original four-over-four windows.

The house has a gabled one-room wide and two-bay deep rear wing, which features an interior brick chimney.  A shed-roofed addition on the rear of the house may have incorporated a rear porch.  A small gable rises above the rear addition, and may have been built as a cricket for a brick flue located there. 

There are no surviving outbuildings.


[i] Interview with Edith Henderson, April 10, 2002.