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Like the Native Americans who once camped here, Mint Hill's early settlers were attracted to the Rocky River area by the many creeks and streams that cross the land. Rich soil, a mild climate, and the availability of large tracts of land made this an ideal place to live. The area grew as an agricultural community where early farmers had to rely on their industrious and self-sufficient natures to supply their basic needs. As the population increased, blacksmiths, tanners, and wheelwrights became common. With the invention of the cotton gin and the convenience of the Allen railroad station, farmers in the area found cotton to be a rewarding crop. The years have brought many changes to this once-rural farming area. While opening its arms to diversity and growth, Mint Hill continues to retain its country charm.