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Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina, with a population of approximately 610,000. It was named after Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg, wife of King George III of the United Kingdom. It is often referred to as the 'Queen City'. It is also called 'a hornet's nest', as quoted by General Cornwallis during the American Revolution.

Charlotte has many neighborhoods. The city center is known as Uptown. It is home to many museums, including the Mint Museum of Craft + Design. The Mint Museum of Art is its sister museum, originally the first branch of the U.S. Mint.

Charlotte's downtown area features many businesses and architectural attractions. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is the oldest theatre in Charlotte. It began as the First Baptist Church sanctuary in 1909, and still captures the architecture form that time.

Outside the city's center, the atmosphere is very serene and features many recreational areas. Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary is a popular 3 acre park that began as a house garden. The house and garden has remained nearly untouched and is open for touring.



Mint Museums Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary