WESLEY CHAPEL – Leaders in Wesley Chapel are seeking photographs documenting the history of the town, and residents are encouraged to be part of the project.
Town leaders plan to use the photos to create a display of historical information in the new Wesley Chapel town hall. The building is currently under construction and expected to be complete by late October, town administrator Cheryl Bennett said.
Bennett said, with the opening of the town hall rapidly approaching, this summer is the perfect time to begin gathering photos.
“We have some communications interns this summer,” Bennett said. “Something we wanted them to do was to try to accumulate historical photos and information on the town.”
Bennett said the town hopes to collect photos and information relating to Wesley Chapel Elementary School, founded in 1901 as the first rural graded school in North Carolina.
Other areas of major Wesley Chapel history include two churches – Siler Presbyterian and Wesley Chapel United Methodist – which date back more than 100 years, Bennett said, and the Wesley Chapel Fire Department, founded in 1975.
“The churches played a big part in the area, obviously. The fire department did, also,” Bennett said. “It’s just whatever brought people together in the area.”
But all photos don’t have to be old. Bennett said the town also wants photos of recent milestones, such as the groundbreaking and construction progress of the town hall, volunteer workdays at Dogwood Park and other community events.
“We’re looking for anything,” she said. “Anything that would be of interest to people in this area.”
The town is in the process of scheduling a grand opening date for town hall, likely in early November, Bennett said.
Photos should be emailed to wesley firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to 4107 New Town Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173, or P.O. Box 1584, Monroe, NC 28111. Call 704-243-7391 for more information.