Historical 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 trees.
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.
The two pictures above are both of the McCoy Slave Cemetery
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.