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

Living History: Growing up in Davidson, 1940’s-1960’s
Sunday, January 31, 4:00 pm
Davidson Town Hall
216 South Main Street, Davidson

Please join us for a panel discussion of growing up in Davidson, featuring Lacy Woods Dick, Ruby Houston, Van Lear Logan, and John Woods. Among the topics to be addressed are family relationships, parental values, forms of play, experiences in school and at church, race relations, memories of downtown, and memorable encounters with other children and adults. Audience participation will be encouraged.

This program is free and open to the public.

Davidson Historical Society
Post Office Box 144
Davidson, NC 28036
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