Matthews, NC began as a small farming community in the 1800s. Cotton farmers cleared the land for new plantings, leaving tree stumps in all directions; thus, the first name for the community became known as “Stumptown”. The history of Matthews runs deep, but most of the town’s 25,000 residents moved to Matthews in the past decade, attracted by affordable subdivisions, strong schools, and the historic, pedestrian-friendly downtown. Some historic Matthews homes remain around the fringes of Matthews town center, however, the area has seen tremendous growth with new subdivisions. Homes in Matthews range from new transitional to historic colonials to craftsman style.
Matthews also has a popular, active Farmer’s Market near the town center which operates all year long with local, seasonal produce. Matthews also continues to grow with new shops, restaurants, a park, and recreation department, and satellite campuses for Central Piedmont Community College and Wingate University.