Matthews Historical Foundation

Matthews, North Carolina

"Preserving our Past for the Future"

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Welcome to the Matthews Historical Foundation. Since its inception in 1987, the Matthews Historical Foundation (MHF) has been a non-profit  organization comprised of dedicated volunteers. The mission and goal of the foundation  is community service through the restoration and upkeep of The Reid House and surrounding property as well as bringing Matthews history to life. 


New Community Meetings for Spring 2014 - See Upcoming Events


Photos from MHF Annual Fundraiser Dinner



Read the latest issue of Foundations - MHF newsletter

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Print copies are available at the following locations:

Matthews Heritage Museum

Matthews Community Center

Matthews Library

Levine Senior Center

Dilworth Coffee

Southern Gourmet



Matthews Heritage Museum now open


Matthews Remembered DVD for sale now at the Matthews Heritage Museum and the Depot





Matthews Historical Foundation Celebrates 25 Years



2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the Matthews Historical Foundation.  Nancy Reid, Dr. Reid’s youngest daughter lived in the Reid House, 134 West John Street, until her death July 26, 1986.  Upon her death, the house was willed to a grandniece in South Carolina.  Having no desire to relocate her family to Matthews, the question loomed as to what would become of the Reid House. A group of Matthews citizens, led by Kress Query, was formed in an effort to preserve the house.  After much discussion, the Reid House was gifted to the newly formed Matthews Historical Foundation in December, 1987.   It has served the community as a special event rental facility since 1988.


In 1998, the Foundation began hosting the Annual Autumn Dinner, a fundraiser held at Santé Restaurant.  In 2000, the Board began awarding the Fullwood Restoration Award, a bronze plaque given to a Matthews homeowner who has re-furbished his property.  In 2006, 1900 Day at the Reid House was held and in 2007, the Community Meetings began.  After much preparation, the Foundation published Matthews Memories in 2009 and hosted the Matthews Home & Garden Tour.


In December, 2009, the Foundation purchased the Massey-Clark House, 232 North Trade Street.  Partnering with the Town of Matthews, they began and completed the total restoration of the property in 2010.   At the same time, they completely refurbished the Reid House.  In 2011, the first Discover Matthews Day was held and discussions for a permanent museum started.


 Since its beginning, the Foundation has been comprised of dedicated volunteers interested in preserving Matthews history.  As proud owners of the Reid House and the Massey-Clark House, as hosts for educational programs and events, the Foundation has demonstrated their desire to “preserve the past for the future”.  




2013 - A Letter To Our Members and Friends



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Foundation Projects


Click on the picture to find out more about our Matthews Memories Cookbook, Matthews Cross Stitch Patterns, and Reid House Landscape Project.


The second printing of Matthews Memories is available now.




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