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

Meet the Morrisons
Sunday, March 11, 4:00 pm

Davidson College Alumni House
420 N. Main Street, Davidson

Robert Hall Morrison is a name familiar to us because of his role in founding and as the first president of Davidson College, but he was much more than that. Please join us as we meet and talk with Dr. Morrison and his wife, Mary Graham Morrison, the daughter of General Joseph Graham, as  interpreted and presented by Jim and Ann Williams. The year will be 1858 and Dr. and Mrs. Morrison will speak and answer questions about their lives and accomplishments.

Jim and Ann Williams are historic researchers and writers who present a variety of the area’s historic figures in first-person interpretation. They have researched the Morrisons in depth and will appear in the personas of these famous individuals.

This program is free and open to the public.

(Parking is available on Main Street, or in the college parking lots next to the Smith House and directly behind the Alumni House. After entering campus via Glasgow Street, the Smith House parking lot will be immediately to your right. To access the parking lot behind the Alumni House, continue on Glasgow Street until you reach the stop sign, then turn right and continue to bear right to the parking lot. There is a walkway from this parking lot to the rear entrance of the Alumni House.)  

Davidson Historical Society
Post Office Box 144
Davidson, NC 28036
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