Davidson is a small town on Lake Norman in northern Mecklenburg County of North Carolina. In 2016 the estimated population was 12,452. The town was founded in 1837 when the Presbyterian Davidson College was established. Davidson College was named for Brigadier General William Lee Davidson, a local Revolutionary War hero. Davidson’s growth in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries typified small railroad towns throughout the Piedmont, however with the presence of the college it created a unique village with a tree-shaded campus filled with inspired architecture. The school’s influence extended beyond campus to commerce and culture throughout the entire town.
Today, the tremendous development around Charlotte has stimulated Davidson’s growth. Local downtown businesses, now with specialty shops, and restaurants and the prestigious nationally known Davidson College has made the town an intellectual and cultural center, drawing a sizable professional class. Additionally, the town received National Register Historic District status in 2009 for the historic core of the town, which includes downtown.
Things to do
Davidson College always has something going on whether sports such as Football or Soccer to Theatrical and musical performances or even an art gallery. In the summer Concerts on the Green is a popular place to relax and enjoy the music. The Town of Davidson was named a bike-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists (2010-2014). Davidson’s Kincaid Trail follows an approximately three-mile course and is the official marking of the South Prong Greenway as part of the Carolina Thread Trail system. The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional network of greenways and trails that reach 15 counties. The trail is a place for exploration of nature, culture, history, and family adventures.
Davidson Historical Walking Tour may begin at any point and takes approximately one hour. The Davidson Historical Society has placed stone markers indicating when the current buildings were built and their early occupants.
From May-October the Farmer’s Market is a highlight for locals and restaurant owners who desire fresh, local produce from veggies to meats, cheese and soaps the market offers locally produced, seasonal produce and organic methods when possible.
Parks and Recreation
Roosevelt Wilson Park features a playground, picnic area, boardwalks, paved walking trails, and public restrooms. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day.
Mary Beaty Tot Lot (Summit Tot Lot) is located directly behind Summit Coffee. The park offers shaded benches and a playground for children.
For the dog lover, The Preserve Dog Park is reserved for dogs with current Davidson dog tags. It is fully enclosed and features a hiking trail and natural area with a parking lot and a water fountain.
North Harbor Marina in Davidson just off I-77, exit 30 is easily accessible whether traveling by vehicle or by boat. The marina contains 124 boat slips ranging from 20’ to 54’. The North Harbor Club Restaurant & Bar has reserved slips at North Harbor for patrons visiting by boat.
South Harbor Marina is convenient to residents of Davidson Landing. The harbor contains 72 boat slips ranging from 20’ to 54’ in length.
River Run Country Club Davidson with well-manicured yards of Bermuda fairways and Bentgrass greens year round is a place for novices and professionals alike to enjoy. River Run’s 18-hole championship golf course has been home to some of the highest-quality tournaments in the southeast. The Peninsula Club in Cornelius, and Birkdale Golf Club are some other extraordinary courses surrounding Davidson. For more information click on the link: https://www.lakerealty.com/b/lake-norman-golf-course-communities
Elementary schools include Davidson Elementary. Middle school is Bailey Middle School in Cornelius and high school is William A. Hough High in Cornelius. There are several private schools in Davidson, such as Davidson Day School, Woodlawn School, and Lake Norman Christian School.
From Main Street to looking out over Lake Norman, Davidson has several quaint, locally owned restaurants such as The Egg at Davidson to The Soda Shop for breakfast or lunch or for an evening out, The North Harbor Club and Brick House Tavern, are great places to gather with friends and family. For fine dining with that special someone, Kindred is the place and the menu changes daily.
The Village Shop in Davidson is a unique shopping experience, great gifts and unusual items for the entire family.
Main Street Books hometown bookstore is stocked full of great finds. If they don’t have it in stock they can get it. The building itself is over a 100 years old and where canned and dry goods use to be shelved now is filled with novels, biographies, picture books, and more.
Several other quaint shops such as Monkee’s of Lake Norman, and Wooden Stone are also great fun shops to check out.
Birkdale Village in Huntersville is another great shopping experience in the Lake Norman area. A movie theater, restaurants and national and local stores all in an easy walk, family-friendly atmosphere.
Harris Teeter and other grocery chains are nearby. Fresh Market and Aldi’s are a few miles from Davidson and offer organic, local produce, and fresh meats.
Carolinas Healthcare System is one of the leading healthcare organizations in the Southeast. Davidson Clinic is one of 900 locations committed to providing the best medical care for your entire family from birth through the golden years. Services include, but are not limited to Newborn care, Immunizations, Sports injuries, Gynecology, and minor surgery. Davidson provides urgent care, minute clinic, holistic care, and counseling services as well to meet all your healthcare needs.
The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson is a full-service small animal hospital committed to providing the very best care for your pets. Integrating conventional medicine, surgery, and dentistry with natural treatments, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, and holistic nutrition.
Total Bond Veterinary Hospital believes in the importance of bonding with pets. They have been in business for 30 years and believe in providing the best care possible for the pets we love so dear. Total Bond provides services from preventive care to traditional chinese veterinary medicine in treating smaller imbalances in animals. An evidence-based practice and treatment method including acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal medicine, and food therapy.
Moving and Storage Companies
Smooth Moving Solutions located in Cornelius is a fully licensed and insured moving company with over eight years experience. Specializing in emergency renovation furniture moves, as well as standard residential moves.
Two Strong Dudes Moving Company was started in 2005. They provide full-service moving, labor moving and residential moving.
Davidson Min-Storage, located off I-77, exit 30, the min-storage development contains 432 individual units varying sizes and open parking spaces for lease.
Local News Sources: https://lakenorman.com/lake_norman_news/
For Real Estate in Davidson NC visit Lake Realty.