Cherry is a small neighborhood nestled between Myers Park and Uptown Charlotte. Cherry provides an ideal location near I-277 loop, shopping or dining at the Metropolitan and commuting to Uptown Charlotte. Home sites and tear down's are beginning to appear in Cherry as the neighborhood transitions from a historical African American neighborhood to a trending up and coming area.
The Cherry neighborhood is among the oldest surviving black residential areas of Charlotte, North Carolina. 1 According to local tradition, it was built as a servants' community for the adjoining streetcar suburb of Myers Park, which began to develop in 1912. 2 Cherry is much older than that, however. It was platted in 1891 by wealthy landowners John and Mary Myers. 3Though Cherry has changed as the city has grown up around it and its administration has passed through successive generations of the Myers family, its early history appears to be unusual among Charlotte's black neighborhoods. During John and Mary Myers' lifetime, Cherry provided black unskilled and semi-skilled laborers with rental housing, opportunities for home ownership, and a number of urban amenities including a city park, school, churches, and tree-lined streets.
The land on which Cherry was developed was part of a thousand acre cotton farm that John Springs Myers had assembled since the 1870s along Providence Road outside the bustling cotton town of Charlotte. 4 Myers' country cottage was on Providence Road at a high point near where Ardsley Road crosses Hermitage Road today. 5 A farm lane wound its way out from town through the family's cotton fields to the back of the house. The lane started from East Trade Street near McDowell Street, crossed Sugar Creek, then threaded its way through a secluded hollow and up the hill past a row of old, whitewashed slave cabins left by the land's pre-Civil War owner. 6
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