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Mission Statement

The Matthews Heritage Museum provides educational and engaging interactive experiences for all ages, but particularly children. The museum strives to nurture a healthy respect for the forward thinking of the early settlers and help guests reflect on the business environment, lifestyles and cultures of those early Matthews townspeople.


The Matthews Heritage Museum is located in the 1880 Massey-Clark House, one of the oldest buildings in downtown Matthews.

Commerce Gallery: Cotton, Communication and Transportation

Early days in Matthews revolved around growing cotton and other agricultural products. The arrival of the railroad allowed citizens to ship their cotton to textile factories around the state, bringing income into the area. By the turn of the century many businesses including the Matthews Bank and Renfrow’s Hardware became the center of town.

Lifestyle Gallery: Coping without Electricity

At the turn of the century the front porch was a place where many chores, from shelling peas to churning butter, were often done. It was a place where residents greeted neighbors and gossiped about local events while staying cool on a summer’s eve. Without electricity or running water fresh foods were cooked up daily and laundry was washed by hand. Learn about the "good ole days."

Community Gallery: From Drugstore to Swimming Pool

Matthews Drug Store was the place to catch up on news, buy a bus ticket or indulge in a shaved ice Coca-Cola(T) made by "Doc" Yandle when it opened in the 1920s. Of course, medicine was compounded with mortar and pestle at the pharmacy, long before pre-packaged pills would become available. During the summers many a child enjoyed the pleasures of swimming in Sustare’s pool. In the evening young adults would gather together and dance to the jukebox



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