North Carolina-Mecklenburg County-July 23

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-July 23

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Mecklenburg County is North Carolina most populated county with over 1,000,000 residents. It was founded in 1762 by being carved out of Anson County. Map of Mecklenburg is shown below outlined in red.


The county also claims to be the birthplace of James Polk the 11th president of the United States. Born to Samuel and Jane Knox Polk on November 2, 1795 in Mecklenburg County, N.C., Polk was the first of their ten children.

First photo depicts the house Polk was born in and the second is his presidential portrait.

Mecklenburg county seat is Charlotte. Charlotte also has professional sport franchises. For those fans of the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets there is history behind the team’s nickname.


During the Revolution, the people of Charlotte and the surrounding area stirred up resistance to the British crown, and despite the namesake and heritage of the original Charlotte Town, the area became disgruntled with King George III. After two weeks of indecisive skirmish at the Battle of Charlotte, Lord Cornwallis was quoted as saying, “Let’s get out of here; this place is a damned hornet’s nest.”  Mecklenburg citizens gladly accepted the “Hornet’s Nest” nomenclature and the county’s official seal includes the hornet’s nest located in upper right.

County Seal Mecklenburg


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