Matthews, formerly Fullwood, was renamed such in 1874 to honor
an official of the Central Carolina Railroad. Still today, the
railway goes through Matthews, where the historic downtown--complete
with old-time hardware store--retains a cozy, small town feel.
Outside the downtown area, however, residential growth has increased
to the point where the post office had to be expanded, and the
high-rise Presbyterian Hospital-Matthews was constructed. Close
to Highway 74, Matthews residents find everything they could possibly
want in strip malls, spacious shopping centers and dining. A Matthews
interchange of the Interstate 485 "outer loop" hints
that they'll see a stream of new neighbors for years to come.
Plans for light rail or an express bus route into Center City
Charlotte are on the drawing board.
Matthew sits adjacent to SE Charlotte. In recent years the city
of Charlotte has begun to wrap around this community. It is easily
accessible from I-485 and Independence Blvd.