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W H O K N E W ? What's In a Name? Street names in Ballantyne Country Club mirror Charlotte history By Nan Bauroth | Photos by Ray Sepesy C ruising around Ballantyne may leave the impression that this community was only recently carved out of the landscape. But the area's roots run deep, and nowhere is this fact more evident than in Ballantyne Country Club (BCC). Here, street names honor the historical legacy of Charlotte and the visionaries who helped put the Queen City, and Ballantyne, on the map. Indeed, exploring the streets in BCC is like taking a short course in Charlotte- Mecklenburg's diverse, intriguing and turbulent history. It begins with Sapona Court, named after the local Catawba Indian king who in 1720 earned the nickname "Great Wizard" for single-handedly escaping from seven Seneca captors. There's also Lederer Avenue, memorializing German physician John Lederer, one of the pioneers who reached the Mecklenburg area during a 1670 trip into Catawba territory. Given Charlotte's reputation as a "hor- net's nest of rebellion" during the American Revolution — British Gen. Charles Cornwal- lis of fered that description — numerous BCC streets salute local patriots, including James Jack Lane, named for Capt. James Jack, who in 1775 rode his fastest horse from Charlotte to Philadelphia to deliver the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence to the Conti- nental Congress, according to local lore. Smart Lane celebrates female patriot Su- sannah Barnett Smart, who defiantly resisted British troops when they invaded Charlotte in 1780. Warned she would be cut to pieces, she cried, "Do it if you dare! You will be shot at from every bush in the country," prompting the enemy to leave her horse and milk alone. Harrison's Crossing Avenue, named for Samuel Harrison, a prominent Meth- odist who owned Harrison's Plantation near Highway 521 and Providence Road West, recalls the spot in Ballantyne where BALLANTYNE SPRING 2018 87 Who Knew? German physician John Lederer was a pioneer who reached the Mecklenburg area in 1670.

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