Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission


Steele Creek Cemetery Headstone Preservation Event
Saturday, April 22, 2023
9am – noon
Steele Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery,
7311 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte

Event is rain or shine.
Prepare to get wet and dirty! Suggestions: wear old clothing and closed toe shoes
No experience necessary.
We’ll supply all the needed tools and supplies.
Register by April 20

January 23, 2023

The Historic Landmarks Commission’s Adventure Club is headed out again, this time to tour the historic Charlotte Coliseum, once the largest unsupported dome in the world. Pretty cool, right? Now known as Bojangles Coliseum, it’s located next to Ovens Auditorium, which will also be included in our tour! Interested in joining us?

Details πŸ‘‡
πŸŽ‰ Bojangles Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium Tour
⏰ Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2:30pm
πŸ“ Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd, Charlotte. Meet at the bridge of the connector facility that connects Bojangles and Ovens.
πŸ’ The Charlotte Checkers Hockey Club game starts at 4pm. You’re welcome to stay after our tour and yes, you CAN sit with us! Tickets for our group will be available for purchase on the day of at the box office. We have a limited number of discounted group tickets available for $25. If you’re only interested in the tour, that’s totally fine too.
βœ”οΈ Let us know you’re coming by registering by Feb. 13 ➑️ Event Registration Form
❓ Contact us! ➑️ HLC Contact Info

Charlotte Coliseum

This video, shot on 8mm film for WBTV in the 1960s, shows Rufus Franklin Outen.

Rufus Franklin Outen was born into a family of potters so it was no surprise when he opened R.F. Outen Pottery around 1950 as a small business. He specialized in stoneware churns. It’s claimed that he could turn 100 pieces a day, earning him the nickname β€œChurn Turner.”

The R. F. Outen Pottery is a rare surviving example of a workshop and pottery that produced utilitarian earthenware and stoneware for local use from local clays. Today those handmade, everyday vessels are quite valuable and highly collectible!

Location: 430 Jefferson Street, Matthews

October 12, 2022
The Historic Landmarks Commission’s Adventure Club invites you to start your Halloween weekend with a fun, educational, and meaningful restoration project on Oct. 29. We need volunteers, and what could be better than spending an Autumn morning in the beautiful hallowed grounds of the Historic Steele Creek Cemetery? The cemetery contains headstones dating from 1763 and is the site of some of the most important funerary art in NC!


But recently air pollution has been hastening the stones’ deterioration. Luckily, cleaning the headstones with a mild biodegradable, pH neutral solution can protect them effectively for years. And that’s what we will be doing! Did we mention that we need volunteers? πŸ€” No experience is necessary!


Details πŸ‘‡
πŸŽ‰ Steele Creek Cemetery Headstone Preservation
⏰ Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9-11am
πŸ“ Steele Creek Cemetery, 7311 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte (beside the former Steele Creek Presbyterian Church)
πŸ₯Ύ Prepare to get dirty! Suggestions: wear old clothing and closed toe shoes.
🧰 We will supply all the needed tools and supplies. But to do that, we need to know how many people are coming. 
βœ”οΈ Please register by Oct. 26 ➑️


Steele Creek Cemetery