A History as Old as Charlotte
From early in Charlotte’s history, East Charlotte has played a part in the city’s growth.
The oldest house in the county — the Hezekiah Alexander home — sits near the intersection of Shamrock Drive and Eastway Drive. Not far away are the historic Sugah Creek church and Historic Rosedale plantation (on Tryon Street near Sugar Creek Road).
Early records show that settlers traveling to South Carolina from Salisbury fequently turned southeast from the Great Wagon Road (Tryon Street) onto an Indian path that became a road called Potter Road. It led directly into the South Carolina Low Country and to Charleston, instead of veering southwest through the small village of Charlotte. The road was also a primary route for early settlers like Hezekiah Alexander who traveled to the larger town of Salisbury for supplies.
More information about Potter Road can be found on the Charlotte Urban Institute website.
Explore Charlotte’s early history at the Charlotte Museum of History. There you’ll see the Hezekiah Alexander House, the oldest surviving house in Mecklenburg County and exhibits about the area’s history.
Charlotte East’s assortment of shopping centers and the wide variety of shops and international stores along the area’s major corridors draw customers from around the city and testify to the area’s cultural diversity. Whether you want distinctive clothing, sporting goods, shoes, Chinese cookware, or home improvement accessories, they’re all here.