Mint Hill

If you have ever longed to relive the “good old days”, the Charlotte suburb of Mint Hill may be just the place to do it. Even though it is only 25 minutes from the Queen City, the pace is decidedly slower. Weekends especially bring Mint Hill residents out in full force to neighborhood parks and trails, plus a variety of shopping and dining spots. Although Charlotte and its big city offerings are conveniently close, residents usually prefer to just relax and channel their rural roots.

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History of Mint Hill

Settled in 1750, the town was officially incorporated in 1971. Since then, the population has exploded. However, city planners and community minded residents have worked diligently to maintain Mint Hill’s small town feel. There is a bit of speculation as to how the town was named. Although it has been confirmed that there was once a gold mint here, local historians favor another explanation. A local postmaster by the name of Joshua Waters was asked for his input. Since he enjoyed growing fresh mint for his tea on a small hill behind his property, Mint Hill was his suggestion and the residents agreed!

Location and Recreational

Because the town is situated in the southeastern section of Mecklenburg County it is close to several popular attractions, including the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, the Levine Museum of the New South, and Carowinds. Favorite Mint Hill places are Veterans Memorial Park and Wilgrove Park. Along with athletic facilities, there are lushly landscaped trails, picnic areas, and several vantage points from which to observe birds, deer, raccoons, and the handiwork of past residents-a colony of beaver that once lived here. Anyone in need of a little hydrotherapy can easily satisfy that desire, thanks to three nearby lakes: McWhirter, Walhill, and McEwen.

Perhaps the real gem of Mint Hill is the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village*. Located next to the Mint Hill Farmers Market, the village was lovingly restored by members of the historical society and community volunteers. It is a hub of activity year round, with demonstrations and special events. The restored structures include a doctor’s office/museum, a general store, schoolhouse, and blacksmith’s shop.

Mint Hill Living

For anyone considering a move to Mint Hill, summer is the perfect time of year to explore. There is always something going on from concerts to festivals and the hands down kid’s favorite-Movies on the Lawn at Town Hall. As for how Mint Hill stacks up to other N.C. towns, it was ranked #14 overall, in terms of livability by the online site, AreaVibes. Factors measured were local amenities, crime rate, health, employment, public schools, cost of living, and weather. FYI---Mint Hill’s report card was filled with A+’s!