Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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VOLUME 10—ISSUE 1 47 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 LINCOLN COUNTY Lincoln County ironworks to apples, and leisure Lincoln County boasts a slower pace of life and friendly faces, an emblem of its small towns, many of which are reminiscent of a past more rural. The rolling hills landscape with running streams and natural resources provide a place for economic development amidst a high quality of life. The county occupies 305 square and is home to 81,000 plus residents. Lincolnton is the county seat and the second oldest incorporated city in the state. Both the town and county were named after George Washington's second in command, Benjamin Lincoln. As you saunter down Main Street, observe the shops and boutiques that terminate at the historic courthouse. Visit an antique shop, a jewelry store, peruse some comics or find an enticing outdoor café for lunch. You will probably notice the face jugs, artistically created pots three feet or larger embellished with a myriad of different and fascinating faces. Historically the area is important because of iron. In 1809 Peter Forney erected the Madison cold-blast iron furnace. This charcoal-fueled furnace smelted local ores and produced pig and cast iron until the early 1870's. This occurred here because of natural resources in the area: iron ore, limestone, hardwood forests for charcoal production, and rivers and waterfalls. This along with farming was the major industry that put Lincoln County on the map. Those living in Lincoln County work here or commute to one of the nearby cities or towns. Charlotte is 28 miles away, Hickory 20, and Winston-Salem 80. Some of the local companies are Unox USA that makes commercial ovens, kitchen equipment and cooking systems in Denver; AptarGroup a leading global supplier of a wide range of innovative dispensing and sealing solutions for the beauty, personal care, home care, prescription drug, consumer health care, and the food & beverage market; and Blum, the county's second-largest employer in Stanley that manufactures cabinet hardware products. Want to further your education? Attend the local campus for Gaston College in Lincolnton or travel under 50 miles to Gaston's main campus You might also look at Belmont Abbey, Lenoir-Rhyne College, Davidson College or UNC-Charlotte. Lincoln County offers numerous activities to keep residents and visitors busy all year. You can hike the Forney Creek Trail in Denver. Wander among the old- growth woods. Follow the trail for a quiet reprieve from everyday life. This trail is conducive to a leisurely walk or a run to get your heartrate up. If you are more interested in culture or art, check out the Lincoln Cultural Center in Lincolnton. Housed in a former church since 1991, one of the building's spectacular features is the stained-glass Rosette window in the dome of the Timken Performance Hall. Also located in the center are the Arts Council of Lincoln County, the Lincoln County Historical Association, the Lincoln Community Concert Association, and the Lincoln Theatre Guild. Performances include theater and music along with other arts. The center also fosters a close relationship with the Lincoln County Concert Association and the National League of Junior Cotillions. While in Lincoln County you can play in one of the seven parks, watch movies on one of the eight screens or play 18 holes at on one of the three public or two private golf courses. If you are looking for festivals you won't be disappointed. The most famous is the Apple Festival features five local apple growers, a full-block farmer's market, local talent on three stages, food and more. You might also want to check out Hog Happenin' with barbecue, motorcycles, and bands. The Lincolnton Food & Wine Fest is where regional wineries and brewers, artists, potters and upscale wares await you each April. Denver Days is four days of fun. Musicians, inflatable attractions for the kids, beer and wine and food trucks are hits at this September fest. If you like a small-town feel, close enough to a big city, consider a town in Lincoln County. [] BY DREW BECKER

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