Maxton, has had several name changes. Originally it was a rail depot between Charlotte and Wilmington. Adopting the name of a local creek, the town first called itself Shoe Heel. This name was changed in 1877 to Tilden, after Democratic presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. In 1879 the town's name was mysteriously changed to the Scottish name â€œQuheleâ€ and then again renamed Shoe Heel in 1881. Finally in 1887, the name Maxton was adopted in reference to the Scottish name prefix â€œMac.â€ This name has remained since then.