Host City Spouse/guest Tours Provide a Unique View of North Carolina

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Host City Spouse/guest Tours Provide a Unique View of North Carolina


Spouses and guests attending the NLC Congress of Cities will be provided several opportunities to experience all that the City of Charlotte has to offer. The city is coordinating several tours of attracting in and near Charlotte.

As the largest city in the Carolinas, Charlotte offers everything you'd expect from a big city with the friendliness of a small town. Charlotte has southern hospitality down to a science. Sports, museums, nightlife, food, action and the arts, from visual to performing, satisfy even the most demanding visitor. Explore the Queen City and experience it for yourself!

A Day With The Queen (Charlotte City Tour)

$27.00 per person (minimum of 30 guests/maximum of 48 guests per bus) Tuesday, December 6, 2005 (2-5 p.m.) Friday, December 9, 2005 (9 a.m.-noon)

Tour highlights may include ...

Uptown's Historical, "Old South" Sites: The Historic Fourth Ward, a preserved and charming area of Uptown with an abundance of Victorian architecture and the Carolina Theatre, which is being restored to its original condition of the 1927 American Theatre.

Uptown's "New South" Sites: The 60-Story Bank of America Headquarters currently stands as Charlotte's tallest building. View the breathtaking fresco created by renowned artist Ben Long that greets visitors entering the building's lobby. North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is an Uptown center for the performing arts and is home to theater, art exhibits, artisans, classes and studios.

Elegant Home Sites: Neighborhoods such as SouthPark, Myers Park and Dilworth contain some of Charlotte's most beautiful homes.

Afro-American Heritage Tour

$35.00 per person (minimum of 30 guests/maximum of 48 guests per bus) Wednesday, December 7, 2005 (1-5 p.m.)

Tour highlights may include ...

Afro-American Cultural Center:. With two fascinating exhibits, this stop is a must. Currently, the center is hosting Stamps of Recognition, which showcases 70 famous African Americans featured on stamps from around the world. The second exhibit is the Blacks in Gold showcase. This exhibit illustrates the participation of African Americans in the North Carolina gold rush.

Shotgun Houses: These two-bedroom, one-bathroom homes were the most common type of house in African American neighborhoods during the first half of the 20th century. Due to land development and expansion, the homes were moved to the Afro-American Cultural Center site to ensure their preservation.

Grace AME Zion Church: Completed in 1902, this Gothic Revival church was the house of worship for several prominent African-American leaders including William C. Smith, publisher of the Charlotte Messenger, the City's first secular black newspaper.

Carnegie Library: On the campus of Johnson C. Smith University, this neoclassical building was built in 1904. Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie gave $12,500 for the building's construction with the provision that the school, known as Biddle University, at the time, matched his donation for an endowment to maintain the building.

Biddle Hall: Johnson C. Smith University was originally known as the Henry J. Biddle Memorial Institute. History tells us that during the Civil War, Major Henry J. Biddle was killed in action. His widow, Mary, decided to give financial/land support to the upcoming institute. Biddle Hall is one of the most beautiful buildings on the campus.

George E. Davis House: Dr. Davis (1862-1959) was the first black professor at Johnson C. Smith University and later became Dean of Faculty. His house was built in 1890.

MIC Building: Construction began in May 1922 on the Mecklenburg Investment Company. This was the first structure in Charlotte to be planned and built by blacks. It was constructed to house business and social activities for the former Brooklyn Community, which once was located in Charlotte's Second Ward.

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