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Charlotte Local History

Charlotte County was formed in 1764 and named after Queen Charlotte, wife of King George 111 of England. It was the second governing body in 13 colonies to declare its independence from England.

Charlotte County was instrumental in ending the American Revolution. Many people of national importance have lived in here. It was briefly the home of George Walton, the main signer of the Declaration of Independence. John Randolph, representative of Virginia in both houses of the US Congress lived here and in later years, Ambassador David K.E. Bruce, the only man to be ambassador to three European powers and an Eastern power, lived at Staunton Hill.

It has been listed with the State and National Registrars of Historic Places for its uniqueness in architecture, business and government.

Charlotte Attractions

Charlotte Shopping

As in any large, thriving city the shopping never ends. Huge malls can be found on practically every block and anything your heart desires, can be purchased here.

Bank Of America Plaza Not the place to shop if you're watching the wallet but definitely a building to visit. This 40 story, trapezoidal steel and glass tower is the ultimate in modern, American architecture.

Charlotte Activities

Discovery Place A children's museum offering hands-on exhibits of a tropical rain forest, space station and ocean touch pool. The attractions bring the sciences to life for the whole family.

Charlotte Nature Museum - All the exhibits relating to nature history will have adults and children fascinated for hours.

Paramount's Carowinds An amusement centre set in a 105-acre theme and water park features crazy rides and thrills, as well as live entertainment.

Charlotte Parks & Gardens

Carolina Raptor Center - Spend an afternoon in this nature center observing the eagles, hawks, owls, vultures and falcons living in harmony with their surroundings.

Beech Spring Mountain Bike Park Not for the amateur biker, this amazing 5 mile looping biking trail will really test your skills.

Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary - Combined formal gardens with woodland serenity will have you spending a perfect day away from the madding crowd.

Latta Plantation Plant, 12 miles northeast - The largest park in the county is home to many species of waterfowl and 2,500 acres have been devoted to nature. Rent horses from the stables at the park and ride along the 7 miles of trails set out for this purpose.

Charlotte Restaurants and Bars

Charlotte Restaurants

Giovanni's Italian Grill 311 East Blvd. - Situated in the historic suburb of Dilworth, this eatery offers traditional Italian food, at affordable prices. Dishes include steamed mussels with white wine garlic sauce, chicken campagnolla a stew type dish filled with sausage, potatoes, peppers and mushrooms and delicious Italian bread.

Saigon Cafe 15105 John J Delaney Dr. - Consisting of three dining areas, food lovers will appreciate the exotic Vietnamese, Thai and French dishes. Tender eggplants baked in goat's cheese and toasted pine nuts, spring rolls with spicy peanut sauce and chicken coconut curry are just a few of the dishes served in this popular restaurant.

Otto's Knife and Fork 2531 North Sharon Amity Rd. This 70's retro joint serves hearty main courses, salads and huge sandwiches. The dinner menu is changed on a daily basis, depending on the freshness of the local produce.

Irish Blessings 435 N Tryon St. Located in the Radcliffe Florist Flowers building, a historic landmark, the authentic Irish fare is served with a gourmet twist. Game, fowl and seafood dominate the menu along with the organic grown vegetables.

Charlotte Bars & Clubs

Have a Nice Day Cafe 314 N College St. For the 21's and over, this dance club/disco will have you rocking all night to the great sounds of local bands.

Dixie's Tavern 301 E 7th Str. A singles bar that is very popular with locals and tourists alike.

Mythos 300 N College St. This Techno and Rave club is not for the faint hearted. Loud, noisy and always pumping, the club will keep you going all night.

Charlotte children's activities

Discovery Place A children's museum offering hands-on exhibits of a tropical rain forest, space station and ocean touch pool. The attractions bring the sciences to life for the whole family.

Charlotte Nature Museum - All the exhibits relating to nature history will have adults and children fascinated for hours.

Paramount's Carowinds An amusement centre set in a 105-acre theme and water park features crazy rides and thrills, as well as live entertainment.

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