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

An Overview of Race Relations in NC, Charlotte, and Pottstown
Sunday, January 28, 4:00 pm
Davidson Friends Meetinghouse
625 South Street, Davidson

Please join us as Bee Jay Caldwell discusses her new book, Historic Little-Known, Well-Kept Facts: An Overview of Race Relations in North Carolina, Charlotte, and Pottstown.  

Bee Jay Caldwell was born and raised in the Pottstown area of Huntersville and was educated at the Huntersville Colored Rosenwald school, the Torrence-Lytle school, and graduated from CPCC in 1970. She has been researching local history for many years and is the author of the book, Historic Pottstown Families in Stories and Photos.

Thanks to the Davidson Friends Meeting for hosting this event.

Books will be available for purchase. This program is free and open to the public.

(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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