A Place to Meet, Learn and Celebrate the Arts . . .
- This project will help to serve and protect our Town’s history
- It will provide much needed meeting, teaching and performance space for business and civic groups, and cultural organizations
- People in the town will have a place to hear music and lectures and experience live theatre and dance
Listen my neighbors and you shall hear
Of the twilight gift of one so dear,
Of a founder, John Bain, at eighty years old
Whose story of vision deserves to be told
Whose generous spirit we all should revere.
At Mecklenburg’s founding the Bain clan was there,
With Polks, Alexanders, and others to share
In the hard work of building a new way of life,
Removed from an Old World of poverty and strife,
To follow their conscience, to speak their own prayer.
Thus John Bain was born there in 1808
As the family was farming Mint Hill by that date.
So soon made an orphan, John’s childhood was tough,
The fields were his classroom, his hands worn and rough,
Who knew he would make education his fate?
At eighty, John Bain was the last of his clan,
His family wealth must be put to some plan,
John recalled the achievements of schools from the past –
Rocky River Academy, others – at last
A great purpose was found by this kindly old man.
With money and labor John Bain lit the spark,
Then neighbors from Mint Hill and Clear Creek did embark
On a thrilling adventure, the school built in time
So ’89-90 could be so sublime,
The year Bain Academy first made its mark.
Mecklenburg’s first graded school lived through much,
Surviving depressions and fires and such.
From church school to public, a complex was born,
It served the community’s needs, night and morn,
Assisted, well into the ’30s, by Bain Trust.
Today, with a new building housing Bain School,
it’s our time to honor, restore, and retool
The gift that John Bain gave in his twilight years,
A place full of memories, of laughter and tears,
Let’s save Bain Academy – our symbol, our jewel.