Davidson is a lakeside town in northern Mecklenburg County located along Lake Norman in the Piedmont Region, an area that lies between the Coastal Plains and Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. The town is home to Davidson College, a liberal arts school, from which it proudly takes its name.
Stephen Curry of the NBA attended the school from 2006-2009 and is considered one of its most well-known alumni. Davidson College is located on Main Street in the heart of downtown. The college is consistently ranked as a top school in the South and is regarded as one of the best liberal arts college in the country. To date, 23 Rhodes Scholars have graduated from Davidson College
The town of Davidson was founded in 1837 named for William Lee Davidson, a Brigadier General, and a local Revolutionary War hero. The land for Davidson College was a gift from the General’s estate, a portion of which was donated by his son.
Although Davidson’s growth is typical of railroad towns throughout the area, the existence of the college is what makes Davidson unique. Featuring a tree-shaded campus as a focal point with classically inspired architecture influenced the town of Davidson's commerce, culture, and character.
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Located on the southeast side of Lake Norman, the town of Davidson was developed with pedestrians and bike riders in mind. The miles of greenways and walking trails that connect neighborhoods provide residents with alternate ways to get around town. There is even direct access to Lake Norman and all the amenities it has.
Downtown Davidson is characterized by restaurants and specialty shops, which makes it ideal for living in a small college town. The mayor, board of commissioners, and manager are all dedicated to providing residents with a high quality of life. This includes providing a small-town feel for all who enjoy lakefront living just 20 miles from the big city of Charlotte.