Matthews, NC began as a small farming community in the 1800s. Cotton farmers cleared the land for new plantings, leaving tree stumps in all directions; thus, the first name for the community became known as "Stumptown". The history of Matthews runs deep, but most of the town’s 25,000 residents moved to Matthews in the past decade, attracted by affordable subdivisions, strong schools and the historic, pedestrian-friendly downtown. Some historic Matthews homes remain around the fringes of Matthews town center, however the area has seen tremendous growth with new subdivisions. Homes in Matthews range from new transitionals to historic colonials to craftsman style.
Major subdivisions in Matthews: Callonwood, Heather's Gate, Matthews Plantation, Shannamara, Matthews Grove, Matthews Ridge, Hampton Green, Brookhaven, Providence Hills, Waybridge, Wellington Woods, Rose Hill, Quintessa, Deerfield Creek, Chestnut Place, Bellegrove Manor, The Forest, Reverdy End, Highgate, Lake Providence, Stratford Hall, Rivendell Estates, Poplar Forest, Weddington Oaks, Providence Woods, Julian Meadows, Glen Devon, Chestnut, Hearthstone, Sardis Plantation, Belle Meade, Blackberry Ridge, Wood Hollow, Habersham, Forest Ridge, Ashley Farms, Heathers, St. Clair, Drextel Glen, Saddlebrook, Marshbrooke, Glenwood Manor, Sardis Grove, Callaway Plantation, Callaway Forest..
Matthews also has a popular, active Farmer's Market near the town center which operates all year long with local, seasonal produce. Matthews also continues to grow with new shops, restaurants, a park and recreation department, and satellite campuses for Central Piedmont Community College andWingate University.