Welcome to the Davidson Historical Society

The DHS promotes an understanding and appreciation of the history of Davidson, North Carolina and its surrounding area.

The town of Davidson was founded with the establishment of Davidson College in 1837. In 1835, when the Concord Presbytery sought a site for a Presbyterian men’s college, churchman and planter William Lee Davidson II sold them 469 acres on a high and healthy ridge between the Catawba and Yadkin rivers. The college was named for his father, General William Lee Davidson who was killed fighting the British at the Battle of Cowan’s Ford in 1781.

Click here for a timeline of town history.

Upcoming Program

Soul Food, Ebony Magazine, and Black Middle-Class Identity, 1945-1975
Sunday November 12, 4:00 pm
Community School of Davidson High School
404 Armour Street, Davidson

Please join us as Daniel W. Aldridge III, Professor of History and Africana Studies at Davidson College, discusses African American food writing in Ebony, the most widely-circulated African American magazine of the 20th century.  In its food columns and other writings, Ebony generally avoided highlighting southern foods and identifying them as representing African American culture and identity.  It appears that middle-class oriented Ebony readers preferred to emphasize their cultural sophistication and familiarity with upscale, middle-class oriented foods rather than be stereotyped as consumers of southern "Soul Food.”

This program is free and open to the public.

Davidson Historical Society
Post Office Box 144
Davidson, NC 28036
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