Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. When in Charlotte, users recommend paying a visit to President James K. Polk State Historic Site, in the Pineville area to get a feel for what truly makes up the city.
Historic Rosedale Plantation
This completely restored home is a perfect example of a Federal style home. Built in 1815 when austerity was the norm, the bright yellow trim and bright white paint were the talk of the town. Today, the imported French wallpaper is still intact, and the grounds are resplendent with small to medium size gardens and several living ponds. Tours are available by appointment only. Please allow two weeks' notice for tours. (704-335-0325)
Historic Fourth Ward
On the fringe of Uptown's concrete and asphalt is an intimate, restored neighborhood known as the Fourth Ward. Picturesque streets are populated with quaint gingerbread-trimmed homes and manicured lawns. In the late 1970s, the residences were renovated in a push to restore the area to its 19th-century Victorian grandeur. Today, visitors can get a peek into the lives of residents who appreciate the intimacy of tree-lined streets while craving the action of the city.
Hezekiah Alexander Homesite
The Alexander home is the oldest standing structure in the area. Built in 1774, the home has been restored and is presently open to the public. Guides sporting period clothing lead tours of the home. The historic home gives a glimpse of life in colonial Charlotte. On the campus of the Charlotte Museum of History; paid admission to the museum covers access to the homesite as well. (704-568-1774)
Historic Latta Plantation
This antebellum plantation has been restored to its former grace and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tour guides in period costume offer historical insight. Provides a good look at the various classes of people living on a cotton plantation in the early 19th century. (704-875-2312)
President James K. Polk State Historic Site
The simple North Carolina home of President James K. Polk offers visitors a postcard view of life in the 19th century South. This quaint home is a good representation of life during that era. Exhibits lend insight into the life of a lesser-known American historical figure. Group tours are allowed but should be scheduled in advance. (704-889-7145)
North Carolina Transportation Museum
Located in a renovated train repair center, this museum encompasses the history of different types of transportation used in the region from the early 1800s to present day. Train rides are offered during warm weather season. The gift shop offers a variety of hard-to-find collectible trains. Guided tours are available by reservation. Admission may be charged for special events and train rides. (704-636-2889)
Reed Gold Mine State Historic Park
This park marks the site where gold was found in the state. Start the tour with a film and learn important historical information about the North Carolina gold rush. Visitors will particularly enjoy panning for gold in "them thar hills" for a small charge. Fun! (704-721-4653)