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Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation
5841 Brookshire Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28216

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980-314-1000

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Trail of History

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MISSION AND VISION

The Trail of History is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2005 to recapture and preserve the significance of key people who contributed to the history, growth, and development of Mecklenburg County by erecting larger than life representative statues along the urban section of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. 

The Trail of History is a collection of privately-subsidized bronze sculptures, or similar permanent material, memorializing the men and women who shaped and defined the rich history of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.  It is a long-term project involving the design, fundraising and construction of the sculptures.  The Trail of History stretches through the urban piece of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway running from 7th Street at Central Piedmont Community College south to Morehead Street.

The Little Sugar Creek Greenway Urban Section provides a unique opportunity for increasing community awareness of Mecklenburg County's history and culture through the integration of the proposed Trail of History sculptures.  In return, the Trail of History will play an essential role in increasing community involvement with the greenway.

The first statue on The Trail of History is The Spirit of Mecklenburg, a larger than life statue of Captain James Jack, unveiled in 2010.  Captain Jack has become a legendary figure in the annals of Charlotte-Mecklenburg history for his famous ride to Philadelphia carrying the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and a set of resolves to the 1775 meeting of the Continental Congress.  

VISIT THE TRAIL OF HISTORY

 The Trail of History is located near uptown Charlotte in Midtown and follows the Little Sugar Creek greenway and Kings Drive between 7th street and Morehead Street.  A bike and walking path are available to navigate the trail.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Charles R. Jonas, III, Chairman
Tricia Boyer
Alvin M. Brown, Jr.
Natalie Centeno
Lauri Eberhart
George Edmiston
Julie Lentz Fogg
J. Ron Hankins
Tyrone Harmon
Jason Lackey
William H. McNair
Beth Poovey
Gary Ritter
Chase Saunders
Scott Syfert
David Taylor
Bernie Washington
Agnes Weisiger
 
Ex-officio
Gwen Cook
George S. Dewey, IV


ABOUT THE LITTLE SUGAR CREEK GREENWAY

Little Sugar Creek is a 16 mile natural treasure that runs through the heart of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.  Parts of Little Sugar Creek were straightened, rerouted and covered by parking lots during the growth over the past century.  Under the leadership of citizens and elected officials, Mecklenburg County Government is working to restore and preserve this natural treasure.  Mecklenburg County will build a greenway along the creek which will provide miles of biking trails, habitat restoration, and greater connectivity to the surrounding communities.  The Little Sugar Creek Greenway begins in Cordelia Park in North Charlotte, travels past uptown and historic neighborhoods and ends at the NC/SC State Line.


Address

Office Location:

Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation
5841 Brookshire Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28216

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Contact

980-314-1000

Key Initiatives

ADA Compliance Info