Formerly known as Dry Pond, Denver, North Carolina is an unincorporated community located in Lincoln County and situated on the west shore of Lake Norman on the Catawba River. It is about 25 miles north of downtown Charlotte and just south of the Catawba County boundary and is part of the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC metro area.
Nestled between the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the big city lights of Charlotte, Denver residents enjoy a quaint, small-town atmosphere. Steeped in historic and cultural heritage that spans over two hundred years, Denver is one of the oldest towns west of the Catawba River. The landscape is treasured for its early landmarks and historic sites, a reminder of the brave pioneers that came to this area in search of farming opportunities.
Before the Civil War, D. Matt Thompson, the headmaster at the local academy, thought the name “Dry Pond” didn’t represent a nice enough image for the town and so he led the effort to have Dry Pond renamed. The name was selected in honor of Denver, Colorado, which was just then petitioning for statehood. For many years since, Denver remained largely a farming community with cotton as the primary cash crop. Tomatoes and strawberries were also sold to surrounding towns.
Places of Interest – Things To Do
Whether you enjoy outdoor recreational activities, shopping, dining out, the arts, theater, or fun in the sun, the Denver area offers all that and then some. Beatty’s Ford Park is nearby and includes boat access to Lake Norman as well as trails, playgrounds, a splash pad for kids in the summer, and plenty of other amenities for enjoyment.
The annual Strawberry Festival held in May and the Denver Days festival held every September are two must-see events. Denver also hosts an annual Camp Meeting at the Rock Springs Campground in the summer and has done so since 1794.These are but a few of the festivals held in and around Denver annually.