The History of Aero Plantation
James D. Nisbet, a metallurgical engineer, purchased 500 acres of open and wooded land in 1962. Founder of Allvac metal Company, now Teledyne Allvac, in Monroe, NC. Mr. Nisbet wanted to develop a unique neighborhood on this property 18 miles from uptown Charlotte. As a pilot, he planned to construct an airstrip for convenient corporate and personal flying access. Mr. Nisbet divided the property into 110 mostly wooded, large lots. He built eight homes in the community and lived in three during the time he resided there. James passed away on May 30, 2002. His beautiful “Place of Acres” grew under his guidance to include 38 acres of lakes, 88 acres of common land, a 2400 foot lighted airstrip, 7 miles of paved roads, tennis and basketball courts, and a nine hold golf course (Three holes currently maintained).
Aero Plantation has hosted many other interesting features. The entrance sculpture was designed and built as a commission by Tom Nonn, an art professor at UNCC and long time Aero Resident. It symbolized shapes as space. The suspension bridge over the lower lake was built as a replica of the George Washington Bridge in New York. It provides access to a gazebo and to a golf green and tee across the lake. One resident fisherman pulled a ten-pound trophy bass from the lake, which proves that fish abound. Residents have enjoyed observing many different types of birds and wildlife. Mr. Nisbet’s vision has offered its residents unique features in addition to a quiet, natural beauty.