Story by Emily Farrington Smith
Welcome to Lincolnton
A short 45-minute drive from Uptown Charlotte will lead you to the idyllic, historic town of Lincolnton. Lincolnton was established in 1785 as the seat of Lincoln County and quickly grew as one of North Carolina's leading producers of ironwork. Today, it stands as a reminder of simpler times. With quaint shops, historic buildings and diners populated by natives, Lincolnton serves as the perfect respite from the bustle of the Queen City.
Where to see
Lincolnton is the history buff’s haven. More than 200 years of fascinating stories lie within the county lines. Visit Ramsour's Mill Battleground, site of the 1780 American Revolutionary War battle between locals; check out the long-standing remains of one of the area's first ironworks furnace, the Madison-Derr Iron Furnace, circa 1809; or take a drive through the district of South Aspen Street, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Lincoln Cultural Center, housed in an impressive display of 1920s Classical Revival architecture, is also part of the NRHP. It offers rotating art displays, family fun nights and classic movie screenings. Visit the Center’s Timken Performance Hall to see its beloved stained glass rosette window for yourself.
What to do
Lincolnton's favorite spots to refuel are also places where you'll find yourself deep in conversation with locals about how, come summertime, Farmer Tom's Farm Fresh has the best cantaloupes around. Try the steak and ranch pizza at Court Street Grille, the Texas-style fajitas at Mazatlan Mexican or the Hurricane shrimp & ribs at Homesteads Grill and Taphouse. Harvest Moon Grille whips up amazing cheddar-bacon breakfast pancakes using only locally sourced ingredients, and Big Perm's Grill is known for its mammoth Hot Mama burger. To satisfy your sweet tooth, grab a cup of Pecan Praline at Habibi Frozen Yogurt or a blended Frappuccino at Fausto Coffee.
Where to dine
A well-appointed shopping scene rounds out Lincolnton’s recreational offerings. Peruse vintage farmhouse-chic offerings at Red Door Antiques or early- American furniture at Antiques on Main Street, high-end designer handbags and clothing at Gigi's Consignment, and fine art, pottery and personalized gifts at Southern Charm Winery. The UMAR Arts Center on Main Street stocks one-of-a-kind works of art and donates 60 percent of proceeds to the funding of art classes for those with developmental disabilities. Scout beautiful handmade pieces at Rising Sun Pottery or sign up for a workshop to learn how to throw your own bowl.
This article ran in the January 2016 issue of Charlotte Happenings.
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