Introduction to Davidson, North Carolina
Davidson, North Carolina, in Mecklenburg county, is 16 miles W of Concord, North Carolina (center to center) and 18 miles N of Charlotte, North Carolina. The town is in the Charlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill area.
The community of Davidson was founded in 1837, which was the same year that the Presbyterian Davidson College was established. Both the town and the college were named in honor of the local Revolutionary War hero, Brigadier General William Lee Davidson. Throughout a major part of the 19th century, the area was a farming community. The town was incorporated in 1879 as "Davidson College," and the first cotton mill was established in 1890. In 1891, the name was changed to "Davidson" and the first bank was established in Davidson in 1903.
Davidson and Nearby Attractions
- Paramount's Carowinds
- Gaston County Museum of Art and History
- Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary
- Historic Rosedale Plantation
- Lake Norman State Park
- Davidson College Arboretum
Things To Do In Davidson
The Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary is a popular attraction in the area. Gaston County Museum of Art and History, Carolinas Aviation Museum, Schiele Museum, Discovery Place, and Historic Rural Hill Farm are some of the museums and historical sites nearby. Lake Norman State Park offers facilities for swimming, camping, boating, fishing, and hiking.
Air transportation is available from Charlotte/ Douglas International Airport.
Davidson Higher Education
The town of Davidson is home to Davidson College. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Gaston College, and Central Piedmont Community College are among the nearby colleges.