The first settlers in this area
settled along the Shoe Hill Creek and Lumber River in the 1700's.
Incorporated in 1874 as Shoe Hill (from the Gaelic "S",
the shape of the nearby creek), Maxton also held the names of
Tilden (after an 1876 Democratic candidate for US President) and
Quhele (Gaelic for "arrow part of a stream"). The name
was changed back to Shoe Hill in1881 and finally to Maxton in
1887. Maxton was chosen to honor the Scottish settlers to the
Education was important in the
early years of Maxton in 1841, just outside of town, John Gilchrist
Jr. founded Floral College, the first woman's college in the state
to confer degrees. Maxton was also the site of the first school
opened by famous black educator, Charles N. Hunter (1818-1831).
He went on to form the North Carolina Industrial Association to
try to improve the lives of African Americans by emphasizing economic
progress rather than political activity.
Maxton is very proud
of their hometown people who include: Angus W. McLean Governor
of North Carolina 1924-1928; Malcom McLean, founder of McLean
Trucking & SeaLand Inc., he was named "Man of the Century"
by the international Maritime Hall of Fame; and Alice Russell
Micheaux, concert soloist and movie actress-her credits include:
The Betrayal (1948), God's Step Children (1938) Murder in Harlem
(1935) and The Broken Violin (1927).
is a town on the move, over the past few years strives have been
made to restore the downtown area. The entire downtown area has
been placed on the National Register of Historical Places. The
"Avenue of Mayors", a project that placed utility lines
underground along Patterson Street and planted trees in memory
and honor of former Mayors. The town offices are housed in the
restored Patterson building. The restoration was the brainchild
of The Preservation Maxton Foundation, a non-profit organization
that raises money to restore and save endangered historical buildings
in Maxton. The Town restored the Freight Building, which houses
a restaurant with an additional space for rent.
information was provided by Blake Tyner.