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

Mooresville Museum
Sunday, October 23, 4:00 pm
132 E. Center Avenue, Mooresville

Please join the DHS for a private tour of the Mooresville Museum. We’ll view the wide variety of artifacts on display from the Mooresville and surrounding area, and David Whitlow, museum board president, will highlight and share stories about some of the more interesting relics in their collection.

For more information on the museum, please visit their website at:

This program is free and open to the public. 

Davidson Historical Society
Post Office Box 144
Davidson, NC 28036
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