Charlotte's Hidden History
Revealing little-known historical facts about the Queen City
Illustrations by Dustin Harbin
Wikipedia shares the basics: Charlotte gets her name from Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III; and our “hornet’s nest” nickname comes from General Cornwallis during the Revolutionary War—after he was driven out by a swarm of rebellious residents. But dig a little deeper and Charlotte contains a surprising hidden history—found under our feet in places we visit daily, and preserved in the memories of residents.