The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s logo is a hornet’s nest. The city has been home to baseball and basketball teams called the Charlotte Hornets. Those are not coincidences. It’s history.
While there’s no way to confirm this, General Charles Cornwallis, a British officer in the American War of Independence, supposedly said that Charlotte was a “hornet’s nest of rebellion” as he fled the area after the Battle of Charlotte in 1780. Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington the following year, effectively ending the war.
I find it satisfying to think of our city as a challenging obstacle for the redcoats during the war. You can experience what that might have looked like at Historic Latta Plantation’s Revolutionary War Weekend (8/31-9/1), which will include reenactments of the Battle of Charlotte. Those will begin at 2:00 PM each day.
Special VIP events will also be offered following the battle reenactments. On Saturday, August 31st at 3:00 PM, you can visit the 250-year old Alexander cabin to taste the port and Madeira wines of the colonies.
At 3:00 PM on Sunday, September 1st, Lady Catharine Greene, wife of General Nathanael Greene, will host a colonial tea time where you’ll learn about the customs of an officer’s wife during the late-1700s. Tea and refreshments will be served.
Tickets for both events include admission to the 239th Anniversary of the Battle of Charlotte reenactments. You must purchase those in advance. Click here for details.