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

The History of the Catawba River
Sunday, September 17, 4:00 pm
Davidson Friends Meetinghouse
625 South Street, Davidson


Please join us as Emilee Syrewicze, Executive Director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, examines the historical significance of the Catawba River and how its development has shaped its current status as one of America's Most Endangered Rivers.

This program is free and open to the public.

Special thanks to the Davidson Friends Meeting for hosting this event. 
(Parking is available in front of the Meetinghouse on South Street, or next door in the Davidson Elementary school parking lot.) 

Davidson Historical Society
Post Office Box 144
Davidson, NC 28036
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