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DVD details town's history

The Mint Hill Historical Society has produced a DVD, "Step into History."

They premiered it to the public late last month on the lawn at Mint Hill Town Hall.

Narrated by local business owner and Mint Hill Historical Society board member Sam McGee, the DVD gives an overview of the history of the town as well as the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village.

Viewers are taken on a brief tour of the turn-of-the century Doctor's Museum, one-room Ashcraft Schoolhouse, and Ira V. Ferguson Country Store.

The assay office, Chilean mill wheel, and gold panning station are also highlighted.

Many of the activities and special programs that happen there throughout the year including the Farmer's Market, Salute to Veterans, Christmas Teas and other activities.

Historical Society administrative director Sue McDonald says the DVD was originally intended as a promotional piece for the Historic Village, but turned out to be something much greater.

"It's a 13-minute history of the town. There are lots of old pictures included, and a lot of folks will see their ancestors on the screen," said McDonald.

The original plan was to use the DVD to advertise to school groups, civic groups, and other organizations that may come to tour the Historic Village.

But the DVD turned out to be so popular, the Historical Society is selling them for $10 each.

McDonald said when she arrived to the office on Tuesday morning, several people were already waiting to purchase their copy.

Step into History was written and produced by Mint Hill resident Carol Timblin with original music provided by Trent Moody.

Funding was provided by the Arts and Science Council, and the North Carolina Arts Council.